U.S. States With The Highest Suicide Rates

The non-contiguous U.S. state of Alaska has the highest incidence rate with 21.8 annual suicide cases per 100,000 members of the population.

Suicide is the act of one ending one’s life intentionally. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US with more than 42,000 deaths annually resulting from poverty. Men of all ages are more likely than women to commit or attempt suicide with the likelihood of men committing suicide being close to four times more than that of women. Suicide rates in the US have been on a constant rise in the last thirty years.

General Statistics On Suicide In The US

The highest rates of suicide are notable in most aged men and women above 85 years contributing up to 19.3% of all the suicides reported. The second group is middle-aged persons between the ages of 45 and 64 with a total of 19.2% of the total suicides. Younger people have fewer cases of suicides while teenagers contribute 11.6% of the reported suicides.

White people in the US have recorded the highest rates of suicide at 14.7% followed by Native Americans at 10.9%, Hispanics at 6.3%, Asians, and Pacific Islanders at 5.9% with the lowest rates being among blacks at 5.5%. Firearms are the most used methods in suicide with 49.9% of the deaths, followed by suffocation at 26.7%, and poisoning at 15.9% other methods contribute to 7.5% of the deaths. Due to the stigma associated with suicide, most of the cases go unreported and untreated. Suicide rates in the US have increased by 24% in last fifteen years from 10.5 to 13.0 persons in 100,000 persons. Suicide takes up about 24% of the allocated funds for fatal injuries causing massive economic losses.

Common Reasons For Committing Suicide

The most common cause for suicide is depression. Most of the people who have committed suicide are known to be chronically depressed and feel that death is the only form of escape and relief from their situation. Depression is mainly caused by alcoholism, terminal illnesses, substance abuse, financial difficulties, relationship problems, failure or bullying. Illnesses such as schizophrenia, mental disorders, and personality disorders compel some people to kill themselves. People with past self-harming tendencies or attempted suicides are likely to commit suicide again.

States With The Highest Suicide Rates In US

The suicide rates in the US are 13.0 deaths in 100,000. Some states in the US have recorded rates that are higher than the overall rates in the country, and this includes Alaska which has the highest rate at 21.8. Other states with high suicide rates include Montana with 20.4 deaths, Nevada with 18.4 deaths, Colorado at 16.7, West Virginia (16.6), Arizona (15.9), Kentucky (15.3), Idaho (14.9), North Dakota (14.9), Oklahoma (14.7), Maine (14.5), Utah (14.3), Vermont (14.3), Arkansas (14.2), Florida (14.2), Kansas (13.8), Missouri (13.7) and Tennessee (13.7). The causes for the high suicide rates have been stated as access to firearms, mental illnesses, substance abuse, and poor access to medical care for mental illnesses.

The US States With Low Suicide Rates

These are states with suicide rates that are lower than the national rate. They include Maryland with a suicide rate of 8.7, New Jersey (8.2), and New York (8.0). The low suicide rates have been associated with increased access to medical services, reduced obesity, and smoking, economic stability for most of the families and high funding for public health.

Response To Suicide In The US

Due to the high rates of deaths caused by suicide, several bodies that deal with helping people with suicidal thoughts have been established. Efforts towards reducing suicide include the establishment of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, therapy, medication and the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for people with suicidal thoughts or those seeking help on their behalf.

States With The Highest Suicide Rates In US

RankUS stateNumber of Deaths By Suicide/100,000 Of The Population.
3New Mexico20.4
7West Virgina16.6
12North Dakota14.9

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