After the steady decline in suicide rates in the United States in the last decades of the 20th century, they now appear to have risen sharply. This suicide rate increases has been observed in both, men and women, and in all age groups below 75 years, showing a 1% increase every year between 1999 and 2006, and a 2% increase from 2006 to 2014, corresponding to an age-adjusted rate increase of 24%. The largest increase occurred in 10-14 year old girls, and while the number is small, it rose from 50 suicides in 1999 to 150 in 2014, the highest levels in nearly 30 years. Although the suicide rate fell by 8% in men aged over 75 years, this age group still has the highest rate: 38.8 suicides per 100,000 individuals (BMJ, 25 April 2016).
Suicide rate increases in the United States. Rises 2% every year
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