- The Washington Times - Friday, April 22, 2016

The suicide rate in the United States surged by 24 percent between 1999 and 2014 to levels not seen in nearly 30 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study, published Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC, concludes that suicide has become more prevalent among all age groups in the country except individuals older than 75.

Roughly 13 of every 100,000 people in the U.S. committed suicide in 2014, the highest suicide rate on record since 1986, the report revealed. In 1999, the figure was closed to 10.5 suicide per 100,000 individuals, according to the report.

Whereas federal data suggests 29,199 Americans ended their own lives in 1999, the suicide rate increased annually by roughly 1 percent until 2006 when it began to surge at a yearly rate of twice that, according to the data, and accounted for 42,733 deaths in 2014.

The surge was particularly steep among middle-aged women, the researchers noted. The suicide rate for women between the ages of 45 and 64 jumped by 63 percent during the course of the 15 years examined, compared to an increase of 43 percent for men of that age.

Jeffrey Borenstein, the president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, called the results “striking.”

“The rate has increased so much since 1999, especially during the second half of that period,” he told USA Today.

Jane Pearson, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at the National Institute of Mental Health, told ABC News that the findings are alarming but not unexpected given the annual 2 percent increase since 2006.

“We don’t know why,” she said of the surge. “We would like to know why. Knowing it’s going up, we are concerned, but we are not surprised because we have seen this trend happening.”

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