Report: Suicide rate rising in Illinois

Report: Suicide rate rising in Illinois

The suicide rate in Illinois increased by 22.8 percent from 1999 to 2016, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Suicide rates have risen in the U.S. nearly 30 percent and every state saw increases in that period except for Nevada, where rates decreased by 1 percent. In 25 states, rates rose by more than 30 percent, according to the report. There were 45,000 suicides nationwide in 2016 alone.

In Illinois, the rate was 9.9 per 100,000 over a three-year period between 1999 and 2001. That increased to 12.2 between 2014 and 2016.

CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat noted that suicide is one of three leading causes of death that are on the rise. She said that nationwide, middle-aged adults had the largest number of suicides and a “particularly high increase in rates.”

“These statistics don’t begin to reveal the emotional, social and financial toll that suicide exacts on individuals, families and communities who are left devastated,” she told reporters on a press call last week.

The report also looked at 2015 data from 27 states and found 54 percent of people who died from suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

Circumstances that could contribute to suicide include relationship problems, substance use, health or job problems, according to the report.

“Suicide is preventable,” Schuchat said.

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