Suicide rates continue to increase across the USA affecting almost every other state in the country. In some of the regions, figures have almost tripled since last 20 years. Experts are worried about the statistics and feel that the numbers can considerably rise in the near future.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report to highlight the concerns. The findings accounted for the regions where the rates remained relatively high. The purpose was also to find the possible reasons for the suicide crisis in the US.
It was commonly believed that the problem affected one single class or a certain population. However, no one community is free from the crisis. No matter what financial, ethnic background one belongs to, suicide remains a matter of serious concern.
It is high time that the government take measures to curb the situation.
Geographically speaking, some states were affected more than others. The report found out that Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota were the ones with the highest suicidal rates. In Wyoming alone, the figures increased by as much as 50% since 1999, when the last survey was conducted.
Delaware happened to have the lowest rate of infliction experiencing the smallest increase of just about 6%.
It is still important to not ignore the 6% meagre increase. As a matter of fact what’s more concerning is that no US state witnessed a decline.
The suicide issue raises some important questions that need to be actively addressed. The first relates to the causes of the problem and second, what can possibly be done about it?
What leads to higher suicide rates?
There is no one single contributing factor towards the increase. The issue needs to be addressed in light of various overlapping reasons. Yet, the primary cause for high suicide rate remains depression.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise but rates of chronic depression have also multiplied since the last decade. More and more people are finding themselves engulfed with this problem. In certain cases, when no measures are taken to stop the depression problem, the situation can get out of hand.
Particularly, the increasing amount of stress the young population is facing should not be overlooked. Faced with a tense environment at college/university can lead them to develop severe mental complications.
Either way, it is pertinent to understand the increase in the suicide rate in relation to higher rates of chronic depressive disorder.
The next question is: what can we do about this problem?
Firstly, it is important to look out for signs that a suicidal person may be exhibiting. Behavioural traits can be literally anything. From a detachment from the social circle to a loss in appetite.
There are some signs which medical experts believe will be common for such people.
- An increased amount of anxiety
- Lacking interest in things that normally the person would enjoy
- Severe mood swings
- Disturbed sleep (or sleeping too much)
- Living in isolation or deliberately avoiding people
- Talking about suicide or making suicidal plans
Whenever you come across a person with the above-mentioned traits, it is high time to contact the relevant concerned authority. For the US government, it is imperative to establish useful suicide prevention helpline that the locals can access.