The New York Times reports that one in four Americans have lost a loved one to suicide.
But a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that more than 1.3 million people in the United States are living with suicidal thoughts, and it’s the third leading cause of death in that age group.
The report, published on Thursday, was compiled by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an advocacy organization dedicated to preventing and treating mental illness.
It looks at suicides, homicides and accidental deaths in the U.S. by state, and shows the number of people living with mental illness in every state.
“In 2016, a national average of 631 people committed suicide each day, with suicides in every age group and ethnicity,” the report reads.
“The highest rate of suicide is in the 25- to 34-year-old age group, with almost 3,000 people per day, or nearly 20 per day.”
According to NAMI, the rate of people who attempt suicide in the US rose in 2016 from 8.9 per 100,000 to 11.5 per 100 million, which is the highest rate in 30 years.
There were 4,081 people in suicide-related hospitalizations for mental illness that year, a 10 percent increase over 2015.
And while NAMI says that it doesn’t track suicide rates, it notes that there was an increase in deaths of young people from suicide in 2016, with an estimated 5,200 deaths.
What’s the cause of this increase?
The suicide rate in the nation as a whole increased by 7.3 percent from 2014 to 2015, and NAMI has called for a nationwide study of the causes of the increase.
But the study does not look at the state or the national causes.
NAMI says the reason why the suicide rate is rising is due to a combination of factors, such as increased access to mental health services, increased use of medication to treat mental illness, and increasing social isolation.
For instance, the number and severity of mental health crises increased over the last several years.
There were 8.4 million new psychiatric admissions in 2015, which was nearly three times the number in 2007, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
Additionally, the suicide numbers have continued to rise, with the number going from 10,000 per day in 2008 to 15,000 in 2016.
Accordingly, the NAMI report also finds that a disproportionate number of young adults, particularly those who are of color, are living in communities with higher suicide rates.
One in five youth ages 15 to 24 in the states with the highest suicide rates are African-American, and about one in five is Hispanic.
And while the suicide rates have remained relatively steady over the past two decades, they have increased more rapidly for young black people.
As a result, NAMI believes that it is critical that the US increase access to psychological services for young people, and that there is a national strategy to address mental illness and suicide in America.
Suicide is the third most common cause of unintentional death in the country, and the rate among black people has increased over time.
It is estimated that at least 10,500 people die each day from suicide, and more than 15,700 die from homicide.
Many of these deaths happen when people attempt suicide.
To prevent suicide, the CDC recommends that: “Health professionals, families, and other caregivers have a high degree of access to services that support those who suffer from mental illness.”
“The public is encouraged to reach out to their loved ones, neighbors, and colleagues to offer support and advice about the mental health of loved ones.”
And to help prevent suicide in general, the report recommends that “health professionals, caregivers, and public officials work together to provide appropriate interventions to prevent suicide.”
Suicidal ideation is the most common mental illness diagnosis among people under 25.
Although the CDC says that suicide is the leading cause for unintentional death among young people ages 15-24, Nami says that its a “very complex issue that involves both youth and adults.”
Its important that the public understand the role that mental illness plays in young people’s lives, the authors write.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or go to www.mentalhealth.org for help.