Suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999, federal health officials reported Thursday.
And only about half the people who died by suicide had a known mental health condition, even though depression had been thought to be the major cause of suicide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
While many cases of mental illness may have been diagnosed, the CDC also noted that relationship stress, financial troubles and substance abuse were contributing to the trends.
“From 1999 to 2015, suicide rates increased among both sexes, all racial/ethnic groups, and all urbanization levels,” the CDC researchers wrote in their report.
"Middle-aged adults had the largest number of suicides and a particularly high increase in suicide rates.
These findings are disturbing," said CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat.
But the CDC team found almost no group is exempt from the rise in suicide rates, except people over age 75. »