The CDC recommended a broad approach to suicide prevention, including boosting economic support by states, supporting family and friends after a suicide, and identifying and supporting people at risk for suicide.
Maryland was among the 49 states that saw an increase in suicide rates from 1999 to 2016, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the state's rates did not rise as sharply as the national average.
They've gone up in every state except Nevada.
Suicide rates increased by 25 percent across the United States over almost two decades ending in 2016, according to research published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"For many of us who have been close to someone or lost someone we know that suicide happens and that we know it's a real risk out there". Percentage increases over this time ranged from just under 6 percent in DE to over 57 percent in North Dakota.
Dr. Stone noted that historically some western states have the highest rates of suicide, which could be related to the fact that they tend to be more rural.
In the year 2016 alone, 45,000 people died from suicide and Schuchat warned, "Our data show the problem is getting worse".
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Suicide is "a tragedy for families and communities across the country", said CDC principal deputy director Anne Schuchat.
An individual who has mental health condition was also urged to talk to someone from their religious community whom they trust or join a support group.
The study also found that 54% of individuals who killed themselves had not been diagnosed with a mental-health condition.
Alejo encourages anyone with thoughts of suicide or anyone needing help to reach out to pillar or other organizations. "If I say it, will they get that idea from me?'"
The CDC said suicides were rarely caused by any single issue. She explains that she sought mental health help about 10 years ago, which has helped her immensely.
Need help? Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Those uncomfortable speaking on the phone can also opt to text the Crisis Text Line by texting the word NAMI to 741-741.