CDC Finds Suicide Now Tenth Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Posted on May 6, 2013

Suicides are now the tenth leading cause of death according to a new report in the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 38,364 people took their own lives in 2010 in U.S. The CDC found that annual suicide rates for U.S. adults aged 35 to 64 increased 28% over this period (from 13.7 suicides per 100,000 people in 1999 to 17.6 per 100,000 in 2010). Increases were particularly high among non-Hispanic whites and American Indians and Alaska Natives.

CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. said in a statement, "Suicide is a tragedy that is far too common. The stories we hear of those who are impacted by suicide are very difficult. This report highlights the need to expand our knowledge of risk factors so we can build on prevention programs that prevent suicide."

The study also found that men are four time more likely to commit suicide than women. Take a look: