An analysis released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Thursday showed suicide rates have increased in 49 states since 1999 — with half of those states seeing an increase of 30 percent.
In 2016, 45,000 people died from suicide.
“These findings are disturbing. Suicide is a public health problem that can be prevented,” said CDC principal deputy director Anne Schuchat.
Not all suicide deaths are associated with mental illness
One important point from the CDC study, experts say, is that more than half of people who died from suicide during the study period did not have any known mental health issues, though some could have been undiagnosed.