N.D. suicide rates up 58% since 1999

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The suicide rate in North Dakota increased 58 percent between 1999 and 2016, the most of any state.

That’s according to research released today by the Centers for Disease Control.

Nationally,suicide rates have climbed 25 percent since 1999.

According to the research, nearly 45,000 nationwide took their own lives in 2016.

The study also found more than half of all people who died by suicide — 54 percent — did not have any known mental health condition.

“Other problems often contribute to suicide, such as those related to relationships, substance use, physical health, and job, money, legal, or housing stress,” the CDC states.

In fact, the report states in 42 percent of suicides, a relationship problem was the primary factor contributing to the death,

This was followed by a crisis in the two weeks before or after the suicide (29 percent), then problematic substance abuse.

Men outnumber women in suicides by more than a 3 to 1 margin (77 percent versus 23 percent.).

You can read more on the suicide research, along with suggestions on what can be done to reduce the number of suicides, here.

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