SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Following the tragic suicide of renowned fashion designer, Kate Spade, the CDC released a new report that finds more Americans are taking their own life. Locally, the statistics in the Show Me State are just as shocking.
The new report showed the suicide rate across the country is going up, as suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the US. In Missouri, the new study also showed that the mental health crisis has taken a troubling turn throughout the past decade.
From 1999 to 2016, the CDC said suicides in Missouri alone have increased by over 36%. However, Missouri joins 48 other states who also saw a disturbing upward trend in Americans of all ages who took their own life. Researchers found more than half of those who did commit suicide didn't have a diagnosed mental condition, which is why the CDC is calling for more education and awareness.
"We saw rates increase in all but one state. The suicide problem is a national problem, we think no one community is immune and that's why it's so important for us to have comprehensive prevention programs throughout the country," said Anne Shuchat, M.D., the principal director with the CDC.
Although the issue of suicide is extremely complicated, the CDC says more prevention programs need to implemented to help provide support to those who need it. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or just need someone to talk to, click here to be redirected to resources where you can find help.