Study: Suicide Rate Rising Across the U.S., Up By More than 30% in Half of States

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A recent study shows that the nationwide suicide rate jumped 25 percent from 1999 to 2016. 

The study, released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday, also shows that in half of U.S. states, the suicide rate has risen more than 30 percent.

After the apparent suicides of Kate Spade on Wednesday and Anthony Bourdain on Friday, public discourse has focused on finding a solution to the epidemic.

Recently, the main focus on preventing suicide has been mental health. However, the study found that 54 percent of those who committed suicide during the study period were never diagnosed with a mental health disorder. 

Another focus on preventing suicide has been bullying, yet despite the many anti-bullying campaigns since 1999, the suicide rate has continued to increase. 

And poverty can't be the driving factor, as poorer demographics typically have a lower suicide rate than wealthier demographics.

Suicide doesn't discriminate either. The suicide rate has risen for men and women of all ages and ethnicities. 

The scariest part about suicide is that it's a clear issue without a clear solution. There are many factors, so it's unrealistic to expect a one-fix-all solution. 

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