UNITED STATES – Suicide rates inched up in nearly every U.S. state from 1999 through 2016, according to a new government report released last week. More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27 states were among people with no known mental health condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

Suicide is rarely caused by any single factor, health officials said, but information from coroners’ reports suggest many of the deaths followed relationship problems, substance use or some kind of perceived impending crises.

In 2016, nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States among persons aged over 10 years.

From 1999 to 2015, suicide rates increased among both sexes, all racial/ethnic groups, and all urbanization levels.

Suicide rates have also increased among persons in all age groups under 75 years, with adults aged 45–64 having the largest absolute rate increase.

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