Suicide, or ending one's own life, is a tragic event with strong emotional repercussions for survivors and for families of its victims. More than 45,000 people in the U.S. killed themselves in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicides also appear to be increasing across the country. The rate of suicide rose in 44 states between 1999 and 2016, with half of states reporting an increase of greater than 30 percent. Although many suicide prevention programs focus on helping teenagers, the highest number of suicides in the U.S. in 2015 occurred among people ages 45 to 54. Men are especially at risk, with a suicide rate approximately four times higher than that of women. There are also major disparities amongst ethnic and racial groups, with American Indian and Alaskan Natives being at highest risk.
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