According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US suicide rate has reached a fifty-year high. In 2017, there were 47,173 deaths due to suicide, a 3.7% increase over 2016. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Men die by suicide 3.5 times more often than women. The highest suicide rate was among adults between 45 and 54 years old. In the CDC report, the most common factors contributing to suicide included:
In a statement released by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the organization suggests several key factors to reverse this trend:
If you are thinking about suicide, you can call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to reach a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area any time, 24/7. For more information about suicide prevention, visit http://www.bethe1to.com/resources/.
The Fifth Freedom Network