Suicide Rates in U.S. Significantly Increased Since 1999, CDC Report Shows

June 12, 2018

Suicide rates in the U.S. have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999, according to a June 8 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Life stressors and relationship problems were the most common contributing factors.

In the June 7 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC analyzed trends in suicide from 1999 to 2016 and examined contributing circumstances, including mental health. The majority of those who committed suicide (54 percent) did not suffer from a mental health condition.

Results from the analysis include:

The most common contributing circumstances among those without a mental health condition included:

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death.

View the report.