The recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have focused a lot of attention and driven a lot of discussions about the state of mental health in our country. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that “Suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30% since 1999, and mental health conditions are one of several factors contributing to suicide.”
According to the CDC, 44 states saw a ‘significant increase’ in suicide rates. Half the country (25 states) had those rates rise by more than 30 percent. Here in Arizona, the suicide rate increased by 17.3 percent between 1999 and 2016.
Below are a number of links to stories that dive deeper into the growing suicide rate in our country. Once you’ve had a chance to read a few of the stories, we’d love to hear your thoughts about why this may be happening and what you believe we can do to help those who are suffering from mental health conditions. Working together with our partners to look for solutions to today’s health problems is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!