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The Wall Street Journal: U.S. suicide rate has increased almost 30% since 1990s, CDC finds

Suicide death rates have risen significantly in most states since the late 1990s, with 25 states recording increases of more than 30%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The rates rose in men and women and across all age and ethnic groups, propelled by mental illness, substance-use disorders, financial hardship and relationship problems, the CDC said. Death by firearm was the most common method of suicide, accounting for 48.5% of cases.

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Overall nationwide, the suicide rate rose by nearly 30% over the studied time period, 1999 to 2016.

“This analysis should be a call to action for all states to intensify their focus on implementing suicide-prevention policies and programs that have the strongest potential for helping save the most lives,” said Jeff Bridge, director of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

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