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Are We Heading Toward a Suicide Crisis?

Suicide rates in the United States have increased dramatically across nearly every state, sex, race, and age demographic since 1999.

In many states, suicide rates increased more than 30 percent over the last 19 years, and young people appear to be the hardest hit by this problem.

The statistics come from a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that highlights the growth of suicide as a national public health concern.

“It’s startling and of tremendous concern that the rates are going up really to such a high rate across the board,” Dr. Robert Dicker, associate director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York, told Healthline.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for adults and the second leading cause of death among teens and adolescents in the United States.

In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide.

States hardest hit by the suicide increase

Geographically, states in the north-central part of the country, including Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, South Dakota, and North Dakota, were the most heavily affected. These states saw an average increase between 38 and 58 percent. North Dakota led the country with a 57.6 percent increase in its suicide rate since 1999.

Delaware had the lowest increase at 5.9 percent. Nevada was the only state not to see an increase during this period. However, its suicide rate remains one of the 10 highest in the nation.

Can the signs be missed?

In addition to the dramatic growth of suicide rates across the country, the report also reveals troubling nuances about the problem.

For example, more than half of individuals (54 percent) that died by suicide had no prior diagnosed mental health condition. Among those without mental health conditions, a relationship problem, such as a breakup, was a significant contributing factor, occurring in 45.1 percent of cases.

Despite mountains of data accumulated by the CDC through programs such as the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), there is no obvious answer as to why the rate of suicide has increased so dramatically.

Some point to the economy and the stresses and strains of a failing or struggling economy. The opiod epidemic has also presented a major problem for the mental health industry as a whole, not to mention medical and drug treatment professions.

What is made clear by the CDC report is that there isn’t one single issue to blame for this trend.

Certain risk factors

A family history of suicide, depression, and substance abuse are all risk factors for suicide. Further contributing socioeconomic factors noted by the CDC report include physical health problems (22 percent), financial problems (16 percent), and legal problems (9 percent).

Firearms were the most common method of suicide, contributing to nearly half of all deaths. Other recent studies have pointed out that guns are a significant risk factor for suicide.

Higher rates of gun ownership in certain geographic areas (rural versus urban environments, for example) have been correlated with higher rates of suicide. States with stricter gun laws also have the lowest rates of suicide.

Signs to look for

According to the CDC, there are at least 12 warning signs for suicide:

  • feeling like a burden
  • being isolated
  • increased anxiety
  • feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • increased substance use
  • looking for a way to access lethal means
  • increased anger or rage
  • extreme mood swings
  • expressing hopelessness
  • sleeping too little or too much
  • talking or posting online about wanting to die
  • making plans for suicide

Improving communication between friends and family can help to decrease the stigma around mental health and help to provide treatment to suicidal individuals.

Reach out and talk to loved ones, people that you trust, letting them in on what your experience is. Not allowing some of the stigmas related to mental health issues interfere with your looking and seeking help.

Some are wary of openly discussing suicide or its underlying symptoms with friends and loved ones due to the mistaken belief that it makes a person more suggestible to the notion. There is no evidence of that occurring anywhere, however.

Looking forward, there is also hope that suicide and mental health can also be addressed better, particularly when it comes to education and awareness.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) for support. If you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts, call 911.

  • Coreina Spencer
    Posted at 22:24h, 05 January

    Good information.

  • mary aurelio
    Posted at 17:03h, 31 December

    We should share hope with others

  • Berta Garcia
    Posted at 23:24h, 02 November

    Very sad but so true

  • Major Reed
    Posted at 21:23h, 28 October

    Sad very sad

  • Geraldine G McGrady
    Posted at 00:47h, 20 October

    Wow that is amazing. I have a friend who has a lot of the symptoms and have been trying to help her. Thank you this helped me.

  • Robert T Lucas
    Posted at 12:35h, 19 October

    Thank you good to know

  • Shivani
    Posted at 02:36h, 17 October

    Very sad

  • Renee Livingston
    Posted at 15:56h, 14 October

    Thanks for the info

  • Shannon Rosales
    Posted at 23:22h, 10 October
  • Ruth Ellen Allred
    Posted at 20:10h, 05 October


  • Jennifer L Bowman
    Posted at 19:08h, 05 October

    Eye opening…crazy how higher rates are in that location…very interesting

  • Vicki Rogan
    Posted at 17:18h, 05 October

    Thank you. Good info

  • Edith Manlapid
    Posted at 19:29h, 04 October


  • Brian Bailey
    Posted at 14:25h, 02 October

    We have to be more proactive on recognizing the signs in our friends and students and step up to the plate and help in whatever way possible.

    • Geraldine G McGrady
      Posted at 17:55h, 06 October

      Sad but true

  • Latroyne Bennifield
    Posted at 13:11h, 02 October


  • Laurie Cardiel
    Posted at 04:48h, 01 October
  • Angie Prestwood
    Posted at 20:02h, 30 September

    Good information. I have young adult children and keep hearing of friends that have made this choice. It is very sad.

  • MBruce
    Posted at 18:03h, 30 September


  • Lori
    Posted at 00:17h, 30 September

    This article is conveying an urgency about the state of our mental health services in this country. It is a situation that our health care system places at the bottom when it comes to dividing out government funding. Very sad article for the individuals dealing with thoughts of suicide and very sad for a society that spends more money on issues of lesser importance.

  • Alex
    Posted at 03:53h, 29 September

    Thanks for the Info

  • Vicky Shobe
    Posted at 23:48h, 27 September

    Great article

  • 12071114
    Posted at 19:44h, 27 September

    VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC!! Sincere thank you for this article.

    • Karen Rowan
      Posted at 20:32h, 28 September

      Good information

  • Marie p. Gabriel
    Posted at 20:22h, 26 September

    Thank u i’ ve learned a lot from ur articles

  • Jeff Watson
    Posted at 16:44h, 26 September

    Thank You

    • Valentina Washington
      Posted at 00:33h, 27 September

      Very good article thank you

  • Anisha Welch
    Posted at 02:27h, 26 September

    People are so afraid of being judged that they don’t seek the right kind of help or reach out when they need to!

  • Daphne Mayfield
    Posted at 21:28h, 25 September

    Very good information.

  • shelia Harris
    Posted at 19:56h, 25 September

    Good information

    • Gary Burke
      Posted at 15:19h, 02 October

      Great information

  • Nicoletta Agnew
    Posted at 20:13h, 24 September

    Good information

  • Robin Alt
    Posted at 18:18h, 24 September

    Good article

  • Garet
    Posted at 18:08h, 24 September


  • Larry Hettinger
    Posted at 17:45h, 24 September


      Posted at 17:29h, 25 September

      Very informative!

  • sharon schwarzkopf
    Posted at 17:03h, 24 September


  • Norman Dyer
    Posted at 16:31h, 24 September

    Good information thanks

  • Luz Laminoza
    Posted at 16:10h, 24 September

    V good nice info.thank you

  • Luz Laminoza
    Posted at 16:09h, 24 September

    V good

  • Luz Laminoza
    Posted at 16:08h, 24 September

    Enjoyed reading v informative.

  • Luz Laminoza
    Posted at 16:01h, 24 September


  • Veronica Gallegos
    Posted at 15:30h, 24 September


  • Peggy
    Posted at 15:23h, 24 September

    Good info

  • Jenny Yancey
    Posted at 12:16h, 24 September

    Great information. Thank you!

  • Barbara Czarnik
    Posted at 09:29h, 24 September

    Great article

    • Jan Callanta
      Posted at 14:58h, 24 September

      Great article

    • sharon smith
      Posted at 01:21h, 25 September

      Thank you for the info.

  • Tara Bryant
    Posted at 02:46h, 24 September

    Great article!!!

  • mary aurelio
    Posted at 02:16h, 24 September

    Great read

  • L D Kaspar
    Posted at 01:22h, 24 September

    This is good information

  • Larry Burton
    Posted at 23:00h, 23 September

    People desparately need to seek the Lord. At the end of the day, when all is said and done the wisdom He gives us and His unconditional love is the only answer.

    • Daphne Jackson
      Posted at 23:41h, 23 September

      TY for this information

  • Ron k. Dotson
    Posted at 22:55h, 23 September

    Very informative

  • Randy Thomas
    Posted at 22:19h, 23 September

    Suicide sucks.

  • Blake matherne
    Posted at 22:16h, 23 September

    Great info

    Posted at 21:37h, 23 September

    Thank you for the information.

  • Lien Chau Phan
    Posted at 21:35h, 23 September

    Great article

  • Julie McClung
    Posted at 21:33h, 23 September

    Thank you for the info. This is such a tough subject, but so important to discuss

  • Laurie Lierman
    Posted at 21:28h, 23 September

    This is a sad topic thank you for the information.

    I have a suggestion. It would be very helpful if participants could post comments without having to scroll through the entire comment list. In other words the last post is at the top of the list.

  • Roger moore
    Posted at 21:27h, 23 September

    Appreciate the info on warning signs

  • JamarcusChalmers
    Posted at 21:18h, 23 September

    Good info

  • Lauren Bako
    Posted at 19:23h, 23 September


  • Ftran
    Posted at 18:24h, 23 September

    There are times when we all feel lost. Please speak to someone if you feel alone and in need.

    • Valerie Williams
      Posted at 15:30h, 24 September

      Thanks for letting me know

  • Jim Reilly
    Posted at 18:13h, 23 September

    Very informative.

  • Williams Becky
    Posted at 17:50h, 23 September

    Great information

  • Ethel. Searles.
    Posted at 17:08h, 23 September

    Great information. Very useful.

  • Randy Hines
    Posted at 16:31h, 23 September

    Great info thanks

  • craig cripps
    Posted at 16:17h, 23 September

    good informative article

  • Larry Heald
    Posted at 15:51h, 23 September

    Helpful info. Sad, but helpful.

  • gs greathouse
    Posted at 12:28h, 23 September

    good resources and list of possible things to look for.

  • Keith Reynolds
    Posted at 12:16h, 23 September

    Good information

  • Mitchell Macarthur
    Posted at 10:39h, 23 September

    So sad, suicide is horrible

  • Rachele La'Danya Uptegrow
    Posted at 02:15h, 23 September

    It is hard to believe that the 2nd leading cause of death in teenager is suicide. I think with the decrease facilities for the mentally ill may be the factor to correlate with the rise of suicide. No where to go and no hope being infused especially when the mentally ill are sent from place to place. They have no advocate and it creases the depression and the feelings of being a burden which also triggers more depression and hopelessness.

  • Barbara Huff
    Posted at 01:33h, 23 September

    Thanks for the information
    It was very helpful

  • Barb Moury
    Posted at 20:23h, 22 September

    Suicide is such a controversial subject No one really wants to talk about it. It is so important to keep communication lines open. Sometimes I don’t think that young people realize that death is really the true end, that you will never come back alive to this world. Death is not a play thing! God gave us life, it is not ours to take. We need so much more help in providing and finding these young people before it’s to late.

  • Chad
    Posted at 19:50h, 22 September

    A crisis for sure.

  • Miranda Sipe
    Posted at 01:52h, 22 September

    Thanks for the Information

    • Sandra currie
      Posted at 12:52h, 23 September

      Suicide is so sad thanks

  • Adrian Reed
    Posted at 01:30h, 22 September

    Was good reading

  • Rachelle Jackson
    Posted at 15:52h, 21 September

    Communication between friends and family can help decrease the stigma and treatment to help suicidal people

  • Rachelle Jackson
    Posted at 15:49h, 21 September

    Those that died by suicide have no mental health the risk factor is depression substances abuse being burden anger and mood swings

  • Rachelle Jackson
    Posted at 15:45h, 21 September

    Suicide increase more than percent the last 19 years it seems to be the hardest hit among young people

  • Elizabethwerner
    Posted at 21:38h, 20 September

    I think the increase is due to too many people telling others how to live and how to act. Society want parents to suppress their children feelings rather then allowing them to learn how to express them appropriately. Over time something has to give and unfortunately suicide is the choice that’s made:(

    • Jodi Lee
      Posted at 01:54h, 22 September

      Suicide doesn’t have anything to do with children being suppressed or someone telling another how to live. It is the high demands of everyday life. Single women trying to raise children on low incomes, children being given to much as youth and then expecting the same as adults. Mainly high expectations from work, schools, etc. most of all lack of communication with family and friends.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 20:37h, 20 September

    Sad topic. Liked the heat map.

    • Felicia baxter
      Posted at 00:42h, 26 September

      Like the read but sad

  • Tommy Crabtree
    Posted at 19:25h, 20 September

    Great job

    Posted at 19:21h, 20 September


  • Brad Cheek
    Posted at 18:48h, 20 September

    Very sad stats. Thanks

  • Tim Kimmel
    Posted at 17:00h, 20 September

    I learned thing I didn’t know. Thanks!

  • Ramiro Samayoa
    Posted at 15:37h, 20 September

    Very interesting information

  • Tara Vickery
    Posted at 15:13h, 20 September

    Very informative!

  • Wade Lannon Allen
    Posted at 10:55h, 20 September

    Interesting article thanks

    • Mary Peoples
      Posted at 14:23h, 20 September


  • Shellyanne Rushdan
    Posted at 03:11h, 20 September


  • Heidi
    Posted at 02:19h, 20 September

    Thanks for info!

  • P Elayne Poston
    Posted at 01:32h, 20 September

    Great article, Awareness is so vital…..

  • Michael Ruse
    Posted at 00:17h, 20 September

    Good information to have.

  • Cheyenne Duarte
    Posted at 23:51h, 19 September

    Wow good info

    • Shellyanne Rushdan
      Posted at 03:11h, 20 September


    • Debra Bateson
      Posted at 23:49h, 20 September

      Good information

  • Pamela S Wieber
    Posted at 20:01h, 19 September

    Thank u

  • Meghan Martin
    Posted at 19:41h, 19 September


  • Shelby York
    Posted at 19:13h, 19 September

    Thank you

  • Sharon Denny
    Posted at 18:03h, 19 September

    Seeing how close to home this subject hits for so many commenters is sad. I, too, have lost 2 very special people in my life to suicide, and I hope that raising awareness helps in some way. Thank you for posting this very insightful article.

  • Marietta Bailey
    Posted at 17:45h, 19 September

    Thanks for the information

    • Stacey Jones
      Posted at 13:20h, 07 October

      Thank you.

  • Diane L
    Posted at 17:21h, 19 September

    Hoping with signs and awareness, more can be helped and prevented

  • Joanne Strauss
    Posted at 15:59h, 19 September

    Very helpful

  • Nicole
    Posted at 14:41h, 19 September


  • Christina Woodfork
    Posted at 14:17h, 19 September

    Very real issue…

    • Rachelle Jackson
      Posted at 15:41h, 21 September

      Thanks for the info it was very helpful

  • Candice Thomas
    Posted at 13:20h, 19 September

    Interesting information but sadness

  • Debra Jordan
    Posted at 12:05h, 19 September

    Thank you. Such a good article relevant to our times.

    • Kathy Brown
      Posted at 01:30h, 20 September

      Good in for to no thanks

  • Michelle Limes
    Posted at 12:03h, 19 September

    Good Article

  • Ronald Darden
    Posted at 11:18h, 19 September

    This is great. Please bring this article back often.

  • Donna Taliaferro
    Posted at 09:32h, 19 September


  • Ben Poitevint
    Posted at 06:25h, 19 September


  • Amy Kirkessner
    Posted at 22:37h, 18 September


  • David Murray
    Posted at 22:02h, 18 September

    Good information I wish we could stop it before it happened.

    • Debbie Jenkins
      Posted at 16:17h, 19 September

      Surprised it’s not more than those states

  • Lisa Smallwood
    Posted at 21:57h, 18 September

    Thanks for the information!!

  • Connie Donley
    Posted at 21:46h, 18 September

    Never knew this.very informative

    • Roxanne Haynes
      Posted at 22:48h, 18 September

      Thanks for information!

  • Rose Davis
    Posted at 21:07h, 18 September

    thanks for info

  • James Hoit
    Posted at 20:17h, 18 September

    I worry about many of my students and the lives that they lead. This article was helpful and I will share with my staff.

  • Hassaan Wyne
    Posted at 20:12h, 18 September

    Great info

    • Brett Shortell
      Posted at 17:39h, 23 September


  • KEITH fletcher
    Posted at 20:05h, 18 September

    Good reading

    Posted at 18:50h, 18 September

    thank you for this. good read.

  • Ali ben abdallah
    Posted at 18:00h, 18 September

    I appreciate this article. thank you

  • Nick Szynkowski
    Posted at 18:00h, 18 September

    Great information

  • Matt
    Posted at 17:55h, 18 September

    I appreciate the information.

  • KevinK
    Posted at 16:45h, 18 September

    Good Information, thank you

  • Rathjen Dennis
    Posted at 16:41h, 18 September

    Unfortunately I have known way to many that have done this

  • Tonya Countryman
    Posted at 16:13h, 18 September

    This information is valuable and long overdue in spotlighting the seriousness of this alarming statistic. Thank you.

    • Mary muniu
      Posted at 16:35h, 18 September

      Very good article


  • Robin Ousley
    Posted at 15:50h, 18 September

    Great information

  • Vicki Rogan
    Posted at 15:30h, 18 September

    Way too much of this going on in today’s society. Good info. Thank you

  • Reuben Berry
    Posted at 15:28h, 18 September

    Good information.

  • Zachary Mouzakis
    Posted at 15:11h, 18 September


  • steve plum
    Posted at 14:21h, 18 September

    I will share this info

    • Tan Chan Ng
      Posted at 18:09h, 18 September

      Great information. We’ll share.

  • Kelly Pitts
    Posted at 14:07h, 18 September

    Thank you.

  • Idella Brown
    Posted at 13:52h, 18 September

    Not too many people think about suicide crisis until you read about it ,thank you for this information.

  • Amanda Shows
    Posted at 13:49h, 18 September


  • Amanda Archer
    Posted at 13:21h, 18 September


    • Edward Coan
      Posted at 15:03h, 20 September

      It’s alarming to see that so many young people are committing suicide, and for reasons that don’t make sense to so many of us.

    • Patti s
      Posted at 16:39h, 21 September

      We all need to watch out for one another keep our lines of communication open

  • Luis Rueda
    Posted at 12:51h, 18 September

    It’s personal for me. This article was sent to us sept 17. The day before, sept 16 a young family member who was 15 took his own life away. I didn’t know him well but the news spread quickly. I wish I could have been there to listen to his anger, frustration and curtail his actions to end his life.

  • Rachelle Gizinski
    Posted at 12:44h, 18 September

    What a sad thing.

  • Susan Fisher
    Posted at 12:41h, 18 September


  • Scott Harden
    Posted at 12:34h, 18 September

    This article definitely hits close to home. Good read.

  • Kelsey Walhout
    Posted at 12:32h, 18 September

    good info

  • Martha Shepard
    Posted at 12:17h, 18 September

    We need to do more studies like this one, to get help to those that are in need of mental health services. The suicide rate needs to decrease in the coming years.

    • Sarah Nichole Mason
      Posted at 02:16h, 22 September

      Oh no!

  • brittany
    Posted at 11:42h, 18 September

    great article

  • devona maher
    Posted at 10:47h, 18 September

    So sad

  • Carla Jones
    Posted at 09:21h, 18 September

    Thank you

    • Brenda L Nicholson
      Posted at 12:01h, 19 September

      Horrible thing

  • Aaron Ramey
    Posted at 08:37h, 18 September

    Great article

  • Esther PYO
    Posted at 06:59h, 18 September


  • April Wickham
    Posted at 06:35h, 18 September

    I know of too many that have taken their own lives… it’s so sad to lose someone close to you. I’m always encouraging awareness. Thank you for the facts

    • Dorethea Brooks
      Posted at 15:16h, 18 September

      Thanks will pass this on

  • Dick Labarda
    Posted at 05:30h, 18 September

    Good info

  • Evelyn Randall
    Posted at 04:42h, 18 September

    Interesting stand point

  • Nathan Traylor
    Posted at 03:36h, 18 September

    Great info

  • Tammy White
    Posted at 03:32h, 18 September

    Interesting info.

  • Patricia Amburgey
    Posted at 03:19h, 18 September

    What % were assisted suicide

  • Jennifer Seymour
    Posted at 03:10h, 18 September

    Thank you

  • Melissa Ray
    Posted at 01:04h, 18 September

    Greatest Article

  • Melissa Ray
    Posted at 01:03h, 18 September

    Great article

  • Sandy Johnston
    Posted at 01:02h, 18 September

    Good info!

  • Teresa Williams
    Posted at 00:54h, 18 September

    Thank you this hits home..Have a good friend that lost their child to this.

  • Peggy Herrlein
    Posted at 00:47h, 18 September

    Interesting article, interesting posts.

  • Aaryn Crosby
    Posted at 00:39h, 18 September


  • Breana Smith
    Posted at 23:37h, 17 September

    I’m really concerned about..wat we have to endure..with the high suicide rate!!just very Scary

    • Andrena Wallace
      Posted at 13:18h, 22 September

      Interesting read

  • Vicki Butler
    Posted at 23:17h, 17 September

    Good information

  • Kasheen hutson
    Posted at 22:54h, 17 September

    Great info

  • Ruth Ellen Allred
    Posted at 22:47h, 17 September

    good info

  • Kara Sherman
    Posted at 22:28h, 17 September

    I’ve lost several people in my life – I don’t blame them in that oftentimes they’re already blaming themselves for the pain they’re feeling. Casting judgement isn’t appropriate but rather trying to understand. Those I’ve lost were almost all victims of serious crimes made against them. But the shame of the trauma and relentless reminders of what happened can be overwhelming. It’s important to be compassionate and place blame on those who caused the pain to begin with. So many lives their lives without once thinking of harming themselves. It’s tragic how the cruelty of another person can cause someone to feel utterly hopeless. Mental health is so crucial and I can only hope the negative stigma of seeking treatment continues to diminish. We all deserve support, love, acceptance & Hope.

  • Monserrat Gonzalez
    Posted at 22:28h, 17 September

    Great info

  • Paula Shoaf
    Posted at 22:21h, 17 September


  • Jeri Phillipps
    Posted at 22:15h, 17 September

    So many lives effected by suicide. So sad.

  • Reva Horne
    Posted at 22:13h, 17 September

    Interesting information

  • Cheryl Grose
    Posted at 22:10h, 17 September

    Good article

  • paula richardet
    Posted at 22:10h, 17 September

    did these statistics include military??

  • Vicki Koch
    Posted at 22:05h, 17 September

    So sad that this has become such a major issue.

    • Trista Bates
      Posted at 03:04h, 19 September

      Thank you for the info

  • Janet Watson
    Posted at 21:50h, 17 September

    Thank you good information. I love me some me. Wouldn’t think about harming myself.

  • Chris Wallace
    Posted at 21:34h, 17 September

    Life is precious, enjoy it!

  • Hunter G
    Posted at 21:31h, 17 September

    Thank you

    • Ronald E Scholz
      Posted at 01:23h, 18 September

      So sad. Praying my grandkids never face this.

  • Margaret Hamlin
    Posted at 21:25h, 17 September

    This so hard to readbut learned a lot. So sad that so many are taking their own life.

  • Samuel taylor
    Posted at 21:17h, 17 September

    I love life to much

    • Jim Cosby
      Posted at 04:12h, 18 September

      I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

  • Ella Hoover
    Posted at 21:15h, 17 September

    Good read!

  • Cheikh Fall
    Posted at 21:09h, 17 September

    Great article. Thanks

  • Judy James
    Posted at 21:05h, 17 September

    Thank you it is terrible people get to feeling this way.

  • Janet Herrera
    Posted at 21:00h, 17 September

    Good information

    Posted at 20:58h, 17 September

    Very good information

  • Lisa Jackson
    Posted at 20:55h, 17 September

    This subject hits close to home for me. It is definitely a growing problem in our society that needs to be addressed. Thank you for shedding some light on the issue.

  • Geraldine G McGrady
    Posted at 20:54h, 17 September

    Good information

  • Martina McKinnon
    Posted at 20:51h, 17 September

    great information.

  • deborah Lougheed
    Posted at 20:49h, 17 September

    Thank you.

  • Kristin Meschke
    Posted at 20:42h, 17 September

    Thank you

    • Cherylene Hammer
      Posted at 15:24h, 18 September

      Thanks very helpful.

  • Bernard Clemmer
    Posted at 20:36h, 17 September


  • Laurie Christensen
    Posted at 20:34h, 17 September

    Wow! The rise and percentages are eye opening!

  • Brandi Horvat
    Posted at 20:30h, 17 September

    Very sad… Good info

    • Chris Mouser
      Posted at 23:57h, 17 September

      Very informative….especially the paragraph where you had to mention ” Gun Control ” Just had to get that in there….. Sorry if my post offends. I’m not trying to lessen the importance of suicide and preventing it. In a former career I dealt with it all the time. But everything I read now mentions gun control! If a person wants to commit suicide, they are going to do it.

  • Mary Ella Johnson
    Posted at 20:24h, 17 September

    Good info!

  • Gerald Schumer
    Posted at 20:23h, 17 September


  • Tracy Donnalley
    Posted at 20:22h, 17 September

    Thanks for the interesting information. There is way to much suicide in this world

  • Tammy S Rife
    Posted at 20:17h, 17 September

    Good information. Pleaae be kind to one another!!

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 20:11h, 17 September

    Great article

  • Shelley Reckart
    Posted at 20:09h, 17 September

    Very interesting!

  • Victoria Martinez
    Posted at 20:06h, 17 September

    Very good information thank you

  • Elizabeth Fogleman
    Posted at 20:04h, 17 September

    This is valuable information. In the last couple of years several young people in their early 20’s took their lives even though they were engaged with the church family and no one could see it coming. Very worrisome indeed.

  • Harold Little
    Posted at 20:03h, 17 September

    Perfectly timed article! I’ve had people in my family exhibit ideations and ultimately attempted or succeeded the act. Great info to have!

  • Barbra tan
    Posted at 20:02h, 17 September


  • Alexander
    Posted at 19:53h, 17 September

    This is a very sad article. 🙁 suicide is not the answer people. Talking it out works best from what I’ve seen and experienced throughout my life.

  • Jasmine sterling
    Posted at 19:48h, 17 September

    Sometimes the signs are there we just have to pay more. attention. So sad

  • Joseph Yannetti
    Posted at 19:46h, 17 September

    Great Article.! This information has to be out there so more people understand what they are dealing with.

    • Jennifer Chavarria
      Posted at 19:54h, 17 September

      Wow what a great read

  • Ralph A Monsivais
    Posted at 19:40h, 17 September

    Very good information .Ty

  • Serena Phillips
    Posted at 19:36h, 17 September


  • Mary Dyer
    Posted at 19:32h, 17 September

    As a mother of a teenager this is very good information to have.

  • Charles Higgins
    Posted at 19:31h, 17 September

    Thanks for the information it was very helpful to me

  • Charles Higgins
    Posted at 19:30h, 17 September

    Very informative thanks

  • Felicia Busby
    Posted at 19:24h, 17 September

    Awesome information!!

  • John Sander
    Posted at 19:23h, 17 September

    Great information

  • Stephanie Guzman
    Posted at 19:18h, 17 September


    • Freda Hunt
      Posted at 19:42h, 17 September

      Wow, what a very sad situation, but very helpful information. Thank you

    • Veronica Gallegos
      Posted at 15:29h, 24 September

      Thanks for info

  • Winchel Brian
    Posted at 19:18h, 17 September


  • Aneta Tinkle
    Posted at 19:12h, 17 September

    Good article

  • Titus Francis
    Posted at 19:09h, 17 September

    Very helpful information and an interesting read. Sad current state that we are now.

  • Johana E Zoto
    Posted at 19:06h, 17 September

    This is very sad, especially for friends and family who have a loved one that committed suicide… theres many signs that we just dont notice., and we always tell each how could we’ve helped them when its too late…

  • Christopher Young
    Posted at 19:06h, 17 September

    This is so sad. I know friends that have had teenage kids commit suicide and it leaves a deep pain that never goes away!

  • Stephanie Runions
    Posted at 19:06h, 17 September
  • Melody middleton
    Posted at 19:05h, 17 September

    Thank you

  • Jimmy G
    Posted at 19:00h, 17 September

    Great info

    • Hazel Spence
      Posted at 04:31h, 24 October

      Thanks, good to be aware.

  • sharon smith
    Posted at 18:59h, 17 September

    Very good information. Thank you

  • Mildred Jones
    Posted at 18:57h, 17 September

    Very helpful

  • Donna D. Hammontree
    Posted at 18:56h, 17 September

    Sad but informative article.

  • Teresa Dickson
    Posted at 18:52h, 17 September

    Great read! Thanks!

  • Kyle
    Posted at 18:51h, 17 September

    Good to know

  • Christine Owsley
    Posted at 18:50h, 17 September


    • Mel Epelle
      Posted at 18:55h, 17 September


  • Danielle Y Jimenez
    Posted at 18:49h, 17 September

    Very informative, thanks

  • Todd M Smith
    Posted at 18:46h, 17 September

    Very Very SAD STATE OF THE NATION TO DO this is very selfish of people that do this because there is so much help everywhere to get !!

    • Karen Van Hoosear
      Posted at 19:03h, 17 September

      To say that this is simply a selfish act indicates a poor understanding of the true depth of despair and hopeless felt by those that suffer from major depression. It is such a dark depression that the mere effort of taking a breath feels like a major endeavor. You have a total inability to feel ANYTHING, let alone to find the strength to reach out for help.

  • joe drake
    Posted at 18:46h, 17 September


  • Robin Thomas
    Posted at 18:45h, 17 September

    Thank you!!

  • Melinda DeBerry
    Posted at 18:42h, 17 September

    Good information

    • Mary ann Baker
      Posted at 18:48h, 17 September

      Thanks for the information its goos to konw

  • E.C. Toby King iii
    Posted at 18:42h, 17 September

    Sad but true article
    Thanks for the information

  • Mark
    Posted at 18:36h, 17 September


  • Vallorie lewis
    Posted at 18:31h, 17 September

    Very good article this should be posted in all school and business. There is a lot of good information we should shear we others

  • Anthony Staley
    Posted at 18:30h, 17 September


  • Derrick R. Hall
    Posted at 18:30h, 17 September


  • Desmond Williams
    Posted at 18:28h, 17 September

    Good info

  • alberto velez
    Posted at 18:25h, 17 September

    Good article , seems like it’s happening to often .

  • Tamera Shumate
    Posted at 18:23h, 17 September

    Very informative! It is sad though. I am also around others that suffer from depression. I just try to be there for him or her and not judge. We do not know what another person is truly thinking or feeling…only what he or she wants us to know. Just being there for someone, can be the biggest gift you can give.

    • Wendele Mealy
      Posted at 01:41h, 18 September

      Very troubling information 🙁

  • Nick Tidestrand
    Posted at 18:22h, 17 September

    Going to a funeral this week because we lost someone to this illness. This came to me at the right time.

    • Tamera Shumate
      Posted at 18:28h, 17 September

      I am so sorry for your loss.

      • Darryl Young
        Posted at 18:44h, 17 September

        Thanks for the info, very informative, and I liked reading this article because it just brings light on suicide, and helped me to know what to look for if a family member or friend exhibit any of the signs that I read about. Thanks again.

  • Larryhowardboyd
    Posted at 18:21h, 17 September

    Good reading a lot of good information

  • Clarence Watkins
    Posted at 18:18h, 17 September


    • Cynthia Gustin
      Posted at 18:23h, 17 September

      Sad ty

  • Debbie Becerra
    Posted at 18:15h, 17 September

    great info

  • Joanne Allen
    Posted at 18:14h, 17 September

    Very troubling, and I wish it wasn’t so. Thank you for the article.

    Posted at 18:11h, 17 September

    Great Reading

  • Hyeim Cho
    Posted at 18:05h, 17 September

    Good information..thanks

    Posted at 18:04h, 17 September

    So SAD that people think that is an option. The pain or suffering is only transferred to the people that love them. Experienced this with my nephew when he was 17. Hope is what needs to be spread to everyone!!!

  • Olivia lee
    Posted at 18:04h, 17 September

    Good information

  • Esther PYO
    Posted at 18:04h, 17 September

    Good info

  • Sikeya L Hawkins
    Posted at 18:02h, 17 September

    This hit home, I have been in this mindset before and it isnt pretty. I hope more people reach out and find someone to talk to during their hardest and darkest times.

  • Jay Stafford
    Posted at 18:01h, 17 September

    Good Information

  • Kaye Day
    Posted at 18:01h, 17 September

    Very sad and difficult situation to go through

  • Darren
    Posted at 17:57h, 17 September

    Good article but sad nonetheless.

  • Jonas Parker
    Posted at 17:57h, 17 September

    Good info to know

    • Mark Anthony Palacios
      Posted at 01:05h, 18 September

      Great info

  • Wonsun kim
    Posted at 17:56h, 17 September

    Great info!

  • Jennifer Gregis
    Posted at 17:55h, 17 September

    Thank you

  • Heidi Shin
    Posted at 17:50h, 17 September

    Thank you for info.

  • A. Young
    Posted at 17:47h, 17 September

    Sad but true

  • Vicki Sewell
    Posted at 17:45h, 17 September


  • Jo levery
    Posted at 17:43h, 17 September

    So sad…shocking stats!!

  • Kimberly Griffies-Edwards
    Posted at 17:41h, 17 September

    Thank you
    I have a family member I e been concerned about and this was helpful

  • Brandy Chandler
    Posted at 17:39h, 17 September

    This is sad to know that suicide is on such a rise in the United States right now.

  • Teresa Wells
    Posted at 17:38h, 17 September

    Great read

  • Curtis Johnson
    Posted at 17:38h, 17 September

    great post

  • Victor Montgomery
    Posted at 17:38h, 17 September

    I think much of the epidemic has to do with divorce rates and how the dad gets raked over the coals. Family court is trash.

    • Jessica victor
      Posted at 00:15h, 18 September

      Every life matters.. Great article!

  • Lois Lopez
    Posted at 17:37h, 17 September

    very informative

  • Fabiola Sargeant
    Posted at 17:37h, 17 September

    Very informative. Ty!

  • Angelic watson
    Posted at 17:37h, 17 September

    Very scary

  • Jean Farrell
    Posted at 17:36h, 17 September

    Thank you. This is helpful information.

  • Bridget Ford
    Posted at 17:36h, 17 September

    Very good read

    • Sedrick King
      Posted at 19:08h, 17 September

      Great information but we need show more love for people.

  • Bret A Kinsey
    Posted at 17:35h, 17 September

    Good info. Thanks.

  • Roy bishop
    Posted at 17:35h, 17 September

    Good article

    • Luther guy Morgan Jr
      Posted at 21:50h, 17 September

      Thank very helpful information

  • Leticia Garcia
    Posted at 17:35h, 17 September

    Very sad. This info is great. I have been around many people who are very depressed.

  • Zachary Stivers
    Posted at 17:34h, 17 September

    The rate increases even more around the holidays, either because of too much or too little family time. Stress pushes people to do a lot of things they normally wouldn’t do.

  • Donna Morgan
    Posted at 17:33h, 17 September

    Great signs to look for

  • Earrol Gooding
    Posted at 17:33h, 17 September

    It’s not a single person who doesn’t need help at one time so don’t be scared to get counseling or just talk to someone it can really help

  • Bonnie nelson
    Posted at 17:32h, 17 September

    It is sad to see an increase in these deaths. Good information on the signs and symptoms. But I do wish we could make some associations with the “why”

  • Michael jones
    Posted at 17:32h, 17 September


  • Amy Burleson
    Posted at 17:31h, 17 September

    Very informative
    Amy Burleson

  • Sarah Trotter
    Posted at 17:31h, 17 September


  • Beulah Cormier
    Posted at 17:31h, 17 September

    Good information thanks

    • Ricky sutton
      Posted at 02:10h, 18 September


    • Elizabeth L Bixler
      Posted at 11:04h, 18 September

      Good information

  • Genefrey Gantioqui
    Posted at 17:30h, 17 September

    Good to know

  • Jason gough
    Posted at 17:29h, 17 September

    Interesting article

  • Sonia
    Posted at 17:28h, 17 September

    This is scary and eye opening.

  • Cynthia Walter
    Posted at 17:28h, 17 September

    Thank you

  • Alondra
    Posted at 17:27h, 17 September

    Interesting article !

  • Justin Part
    Posted at 17:27h, 17 September


    • Donnie Thomas
      Posted at 17:32h, 17 September

      thank you

  • Holly Michelle Green
    Posted at 17:27h, 17 September

    very informative.

  • Lisa Bennett
    Posted at 17:26h, 17 September

    So sad.

  • Claudia Rojo
    Posted at 17:26h, 17 September

    Very sad but interesting to read.

  • Irma Trahan
    Posted at 17:26h, 17 September

    Valuable information

  • Lorita Gavin
    Posted at 17:26h, 17 September

    Hits home for me today.

  • Victor Montgomery
    Posted at 17:26h, 17 September

    Great article. I wish it wasn’t too late for Kurt Cobain to get some of this info.

  • Jacqueline DiCandilo
    Posted at 17:25h, 17 September

    It’s sad to realize how many children are going through difficult times and think suicide is the answer.

  • Jonathan Corpuz
    Posted at 17:25h, 17 September

    Good info

  • Angela Watson
    Posted at 17:24h, 17 September

    Very sad article but helpful thank you

  • Yolanda Conner
    Posted at 17:24h, 17 September

    Good information

  • Cheyenne Duarte
    Posted at 17:24h, 17 September


  • Lorita Gavin
    Posted at 17:23h, 17 September

    This hits home

  • Jordan Forrester
    Posted at 17:23h, 17 September

    Scary thought, but good read! Thank you!

  • Crystal moore
    Posted at 17:23h, 17 September

    Thank you

    • Breana Smith
      Posted at 23:37h, 17 September

      I’m really concerned about..wat we have to endure..with the high suicide rate!!just very Scary

  • Brian K Gibbs
    Posted at 17:23h, 17 September

    Good info.

  • Scott DePriest
    Posted at 17:23h, 17 September

    Thank you. Very important awareness!

  • Kathryn Condolff
    Posted at 17:22h, 17 September

    Good read

  • Nicole Adams
    Posted at 17:22h, 17 September

    Such a sad article.

  • Lynell moss
    Posted at 17:22h, 17 September


  • Nina Graham
    Posted at 17:22h, 17 September

    Good information

    • Wykesha Carroll
      Posted at 17:25h, 17 September

      Great information

  • Kathryn Condolff
    Posted at 17:22h, 17 September


  • Melissa Dawn Mills
    Posted at 17:21h, 17 September

    Good reading.. This is a serious problem in America

  • Nicklas Armor
    Posted at 17:21h, 17 September

    Sad article, but great information!

  • Melissa Dawn Mills
    Posted at 17:21h, 17 September

    Good article enjoyed reading this..

  • Melissa Dawn Mills
    Posted at 17:20h, 17 September

    Good article.

  • Susan
    Posted at 17:20h, 17 September

    Thank you

  • Tonja Johnson
    Posted at 17:19h, 17 September

    Good read

      Posted at 17:33h, 17 September

      Great information thank you

    • Reginald Williams
      Posted at 17:44h, 17 September

      Great information

  • Carol bolling
    Posted at 17:15h, 17 September

    Good information

    • Elisabeth Beinecke
      Posted at 17:18h, 17 September

      Great read very concerning

    • Charlene Cox
      Posted at 13:50h, 23 September

      Great article

  • Amber cummings
    Posted at 17:10h, 17 September

    Good read. Thank you

    • tony alexis
      Posted at 18:17h, 17 September

      Wow. I wouldn’t have thought those states had that high of suicide rate to

  • Sherri Daily
    Posted at 17:10h, 17 September

    Good information

    Thank you

    • Jackie Messenger
      Posted at 01:35h, 18 September

      Thank you.

  • Michael
    Posted at 17:10h, 17 September

    Shocking! I noticed all the states they mentioned are all rural and desolate there were a lot of battles fought in those states I wonder if there are bad spirits haunting people from the battles.

  • Leasa Albanese
    Posted at 17:10h, 17 September

    Great information

  • Brett Carmel
    Posted at 17:07h, 17 September


  • Lyndsay Myers
    Posted at 17:06h, 17 September

    Thank you.

  • Lula M Scott
    Posted at 17:06h, 17 September

    So sorry to hear that this is so bad. I have had that thought when I lost my son but my love for my other children snapped me back to reality. My youngest daughter reminded me that God loves me and allowed my son to be a blessing to me the years we had together and we would be together again in heaven. Thank God for my little Christian child.She saved my life at the age of 5 speaking to me , helping me to cope with my loss.

  • Erin Colley
    Posted at 17:06h, 17 September

    Great information!

  • Stephanie Arnett
    Posted at 17:06h, 17 September

    Good article. I hope there is a solution sooner than later.

    • Melody middleton
      Posted at 19:06h, 17 September

      Thank you

  • LaChelle Rininger
    Posted at 17:06h, 17 September

    I think if people had a better understanding of Mental Health it would reduce the suicide rate. That is just my opinion

  • Robin Moran
    Posted at 17:05h, 17 September

    Informative article

    • Steven Myers
      Posted at 17:29h, 17 September

      Inevitable when family and Social structures and morality are eroded on a national level

      • Mary Jane Ford
        Posted at 20:29h, 17 September

        Good reading

  • Annette Skoeries
    Posted at 17:05h, 17 September

    Good read

  • Mariana Dominguez
    Posted at 17:04h, 17 September

    Oh my…

    • Linda S Kohm
      Posted at 17:13h, 17 September

      I lost my mom to suicide it’s hard on the family also

  • Jennifer Metcalf
    Posted at 17:04h, 17 September

    This is a concerning topic

    • Glenda Buckner
      Posted at 17:11h, 17 September

      Good information

  • Meghan E Greene
    Posted at 17:03h, 17 September

    It crazy. There is more gun violence against ourselves then on other people.

  • Marissa Chiasson
    Posted at 17:02h, 17 September

    It’s interesting that the rate keeps going up, even though the subject of mental illness isn’t nearly as taboo as it has been in the past.

  • Nigeria Johnston
    Posted at 17:01h, 17 September


  • Chasidy Hill
    Posted at 17:00h, 17 September


  • Miriam Pizarro
    Posted at 17:00h, 17 September

    Thanks for info

  • Donald Carter
    Posted at 16:58h, 17 September

    good to know the sighs!

  • Joy Wallace
    Posted at 16:56h, 17 September

    Every one should take time to read that .

  • Daniel Decker
    Posted at 16:55h, 17 September

    Good article

  • Beth Smith
    Posted at 16:53h, 17 September

    Good Information

  • Samantha Wegner
    Posted at 16:53h, 17 September

    Good information

  • Marla R Perdunn
    Posted at 16:53h, 17 September

    Well written. I have dealt with suicidal persons in my career

  • Katie Cobb
    Posted at 16:53h, 17 September

    Good article

  • Tim Groves
    Posted at 16:53h, 17 September
  • Sue Myatt
    Posted at 16:50h, 17 September

    Very informative

  • Kim Hetrick
    Posted at 16:50h, 17 September


  • Sharon Glenn
    Posted at 16:50h, 17 September

    Good info

  • Lolita Whitley
    Posted at 16:50h, 17 September

    Good information
    Thank you

  • Justin Pyland
    Posted at 16:49h, 17 September


  • Sharon Glenn
    Posted at 16:49h, 17 September

    Good information

  • Pam Wells
    Posted at 16:49h, 17 September

    Very good article, good read

    • Michael Holloman
      Posted at 17:06h, 17 September

      Good info

    Posted at 16:48h, 17 September

    Very informative

  • Kateika Barnes
    Posted at 16:48h, 17 September

    Great information. Be Kind to others you never know what they are going through.

  • Mary Gordon
    Posted at 16:48h, 17 September

    Definitely talking to my eldest grandchildren

  • Elizabeth Ward
    Posted at 16:48h, 17 September

    I don’t know really much about suicide and don’t understand it I have had friends that committed suicide and still don’t understand it so this article was a very good read for me

  • Keonda Maness
    Posted at 16:48h, 17 September

    Such an important topic!

  • Christine Loveland
    Posted at 16:47h, 17 September

    Great article

  • Hope Wittenbrink
    Posted at 16:47h, 17 September

    Thank you for giving us some signs to look for

  • Sherri Stoltzfus
    Posted at 16:47h, 17 September

    Very good article.

  • Sharon Coleman
    Posted at 16:46h, 17 September

    Thank you

  • James
    Posted at 16:45h, 17 September

    Great read

  • Anthony Townsend
    Posted at 16:44h, 17 September

    Good information. Thank you

    • Aimee c miracle
      Posted at 16:47h, 17 September

      That is a good subject to learn more about

  • Tina richmond
    Posted at 16:44h, 17 September

    Thank you

  • thomas schulz
    Posted at 16:43h, 17 September

    good to know

  • Charles Calloway
    Posted at 16:43h, 17 September

    ThankYou for the Information

  • Lawrence Garcia
    Posted at 16:42h, 17 September

    Great Read, TY

  • Cynthia Alexander
    Posted at 16:42h, 17 September

    Helpful information

  • Kathie McDonald
    Posted at 16:42h, 17 September

    Thank you.

  • Cody Salinas
    Posted at 16:42h, 17 September

    Great Information

  • Jonathan Upholz
    Posted at 16:40h, 17 September


  • George Dubic
    Posted at 16:39h, 17 September

    Good job

  • Angela A Watson
    Posted at 16:38h, 17 September

    Good read

  • Richard Wilson
    Posted at 16:37h, 17 September

    Thanks for the info

  • Kristen Smith
    Posted at 16:37h, 17 September

    Please help each other!!!!!!!! Kindness always wins !

    • Tatiana Sade Mooney
      Posted at 17:01h, 17 September


    • Glenda Buckner
      Posted at 17:02h, 17 September

      Good information.

  • Lori Lynn Barbieri
    Posted at 16:35h, 17 September

    thanks for the info

  • Leah Blaydon
    Posted at 16:35h, 17 September

    Would be great to read more like this.

  • Mitch Davis
    Posted at 16:32h, 17 September

    This is a real epidemic that at one point will affect/effect all of us. Please be kind to others.

    • Schanata King
      Posted at 00:42h, 18 September

      This is verrry important n serious info n i neede d to these things thanks dis can save lives Thank you

  • trish bowman
    Posted at 16:26h, 17 September

    Thanks for the info

    • Graciela Esquivel
      Posted at 05:02h, 18 September

      It is sad that people have to go through this. very interest article.

  • Nestor Konditamde
    Posted at 16:19h, 17 September

    Good to know

    • Kerri Parris
      Posted at 17:25h, 17 September

      Great info

  • Rohan Ahmed
    Posted at 16:19h, 17 September

    Good info

      Posted at 02:06h, 20 September

      We need to talk to .our kids and don’t be afraid to get them help. Very interesting article