The suicide rate is the highest it has been for decades, the latest warning sign of an aggravating public health…
The suicide rate is the highest it has been for decades, the latest warning sign of an aggravating public health problem in America that needs much more attention.
According to a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47,000 Americans committed suicide in 2017. Another way was the suicide rate of 14 people in every 100,000 – up 33 percent from 10.5 people per 100,000 in 1999.  The suicide rate is at a 50-year-old peak according to AP. The new data show that there were 2000 more deaths from suicide last year than in 2016, the year when suicide became the second leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1
0 and 34 and the fourth leading cause of middle-aged Americans.
The increase is partly responsible for further reduction of life expectancy this year. Americans now live on average for over 78 years and for six months on average, according to the report. The average life expectancy has fallen every year since 2016.
Suicide is increasing, but it does not mean that it is commonplace. Because we are very sensitive to information about what is normal, it is important to note: Although suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, it is still rare, and it should be rare.
It is very unaware of the increase in suicide, but a result of CDC’s previous research was that it is not necessarily related to mental health: More than half of those who did suicide in 2016 had no known mental problems.
Instead, Vox’s Julia Belluz reported this summer after the death of the beloved cook and author Anthony Bourdain, that researchers found that the majority of suicides are related to problems with relationships, substance use, health, jobs or economics.
It goes hand in hand with the second reason that life expectancy falls: an increase in drug overdose. There were more than 70,000 deaths deaths in 2017 – the highest number of drugs for drug overdose for one year in US history. Together, overdoses of suicide and drug abuse caused a suppression of mortality – especially for poor and middle-class Americans – that can not be ignored, as Belluz notes:
Researchers have explained the decline, in part, of an increase in “despair’s death”: suicide alcoholism and overdose of drugs, especially from opioid analgesics, is an increasing problem for white adult people.
Experts say that suicide is largely preventable. Research has shown that states with a higher proportion of gun ownership also have higher suicide levels, suggesting that stricter pistol ages can lower the suicide rate. The CDC also suggested that emphasis on housing and fiscal policies and “promotion of social relations” could prevent suicide.
“We must ensure that suicide prevention is … handled on the same scale and with the power we address Other Public Health Issues in this Country,” Bob Turner told the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, USA Today. If not, “the number of people who die with suicide or struggle with suicidal thoughts continues to rise.”
Suicide is a frustrating, stubborn tragedy and one that grows more common. But there is a trend that can change. It is all the more important to recognize the warning signs and to be aware of common risk factors, such as a history of suicide, a history of mental health problems and recently lost or personal problems. Here’s how to help.