CDC Vital Signs ™ Report
June 7, 2018
- Nearly 45,000 lives lost to suicide in 2016.
- Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of states since 1999.
- More than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.
Recent Post on @CDCDirector*
June 7, 2018 – Suicides are on the rise, up more than 30% in half of states since 1999. Healthcare providers can make services available by phone or online where treatments are not widely available. http://bit.ly/2Iim0W5 #VitalSigns
Recent Post on CDC Facebook*
June 7, 2018 – Suicides are rising across the US. Suicide is more than a mental health condition — states and communities can adopt comprehensive strategies to prevent suicide. Read more in new Vital Signs report: http://bit.ly/2Iim0W5
Recent Post on CDC Español
June 7, 2018 – Las tasas de suicidio aumentan por todos los EE. UU. El suicidio es más que una afección de salud mental. Los estados y las comunidades pueden adoptar estrategias abarcadoras para prevenirlo. Lea más en el nuevo informe de Signos Vitales. http://bit.ly/2sEMJ50
Recent Post on @CDCgov*
June 7, 2018 – Suicides are rising across the US. Suicide is more than a mental health condition — states and communities can adopt comprehensive strategies to prevent suicide. Read more in new #VitalSigns report: http://bit.ly/2Iim0W5
Recent Post on @CDCespanol
June 7, 2018 – Las tasas de suicidio aumentan por todos los EE. UU. El suicidio es más que una afección de salud mental. Los estados y las comunidades pueden adoptar estrategias abarcadoras para prevenirlo. Lea más en nuevo informe de #SignosVitales: http://bit.ly/2sEMJ50
*Includes a video
Additional Digital Resources
- YouTube Video – Suicide Rising Across the US
- Vital Signs – Suicide rising across the US
- CDC Vital Signs™ MMWR Article: Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates — United States, 1999–2016 and Circumstances Contributing to Suicide — 27 States, 2015
- Press Release – Suicide rates rising across the U.S.
- Communicado de prensa – Las tasas de suicidio están aumentando por todos los EE. UU.
- Infographic – Suicide rising across the US
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Vital Signs is a CDC report that appears on the first Tuesday of the month as part of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, or MMWR. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators. These are cancer prevention, obesity, tobacco use, motor vehicle passenger safety, prescription drug overdose, HIV/AIDS, alcohol use, health care–associated infections, cardiovascular health, teen pregnancy, food safety, and developmental disabilities.
What to do if you believe someone is in crisis
If you believe someone is at immediate risk for suicide-they’re saying they intend to kill themselves and/or they have a plan-call 911 and do not leave the person alone under any circumstances. Remove anything they could use to hurt themselves, and escort them to an emergency room.
How to Recognize When Someone Is At Risk for Suicide
Understanding how to help someone who may be at risk for suicide is crucial toward reversing this trend.
How to help a loved one you believe is at risk
If you notice a drastic change in someone’s behavior that includes warning signs of suicide, don’t hesitate or assume someone else will intervene. Taking an active role to check on them could save their life
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