It shows the growing severity of the issue

The suicide rate in Kansas increased 45 percent between 1999 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

"It's a tragedy for families and communities across the country", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the agency's principal deputy director.

These red-flag laws "have generated interest in response to high-profile homicides, but in practice far more guns have been seized due to concerns of suicide risk", said Aaron Kivisto, a co-author of the study with Peter Lee Phalen.

Despite this, she said there are studies that show a rise in teen suicide during the time the series began streaming.

The CDC is hoping future research delves into the specific causes of suicide trends, as NVDRS was capable of providing significant insight into decedent characteristics in more than half of the states.

"In addition to making sure Missouri's farmers and ranchers have a strong safety net and access to trade, we need to ensure they have access to the mental health resources that are often lacking in rural areas", McCaskill said in a statement.

There were almost 45,000 suicides in 2016.

The study also comes a day after Netflix announced plans for a third season of its hit series "13 Reasons Why", which focuses on a high schooler's suicide.

She and her colleagues collected data on suicides from every state. Suicide rates rose in 49 states between 1999 and 2016 across all age groups, ethnicities, gender and race.

"Suicide is more than a mental health issue", Schuchat said.


Mental illness is also most common among women, though it tends to be reported more frequently by those in younger age groups, between 18 and 25.

The per capita suicide rates in Vermont and New Hampshire place them in the top fifth in the country.

The most common method was using a firearm, followed by suffocation, the agency said. Approximately half of such deaths involve the use of a firearm. The numbers were highest among non-Hispanic whites, and among those ages 45 to 65 years old.

The timing of the new data is not lost on the Kim Foundation in Omaha. "Our findings show that these laws are associated with reduced gun suicide rates".

"I hope people pay attention to those around them", Birndorf said.

"The data supports what we know about that notion", Gordon said.

She said most people experiencing suicidal thoughts are typically relieved to have a chance to talk and get connected with services for help. The most important takeaway, mental health professionals say, is that suicide is an issue not only for the mentally ill but for anyone struggling with serious lifestyle problems.

In addition to mental health conditions and suicide attempts as risk factors, other contributing circumstances include social and economic problems, access to the means to commit suicide, and poor coping and problem-solving skills, the health agency said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. "What are we doing as a nation to help people to manage these things?"

'Conditions like postpartum depression and menopause [may put some women at a higher risk], and, for women in general, stereotypes of being the flawless mom and employee, the stigma associated with a need to "balance" all of that can cause pressure as well, ' said Dr Ali. "They make sure that they are getting the help that they need".

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