South Carolina Ranked 10th Worst Suicide Rate Percentage Increase (1999-20016) in CDC Study Release

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The Center for Disease Control has analyzed suicide rates from 1999-2016 and looked at increases by state as part of their analysis report.? South Carolina has come in as the 10th worst state in the United States with an increase of 38.3%.? That’s well above the national average (25.4%) and more than three times as high as the?12.7 percent uptick in neighboring North Carolina and more than twice as high as the?16.2 percent increase in Georgia.

The United States national average for this period is 25.4% increase.

Here is how the worst 10 ranked in incidences of suicide (Percentage change)

  1. North Dakota – 57.6% increase
  2. Vermont – 48.6% increase
  3. New Hampshire – 48.3% increase
  4. Utah – 46.5% increase
  5. Kansas – 45.0% increase
  6. South Dakota – 44.5% increase
  7. Idaho – 43.2% increase
  8. Minnesota – 40.6%
  9. Wyoming – 39.0%
  10. South Carolina – 38.3%

South Carolina Breakdown

  • Overall rate change – +4.9
  • Overall rate change ranking – 17
  • Overall percentage change – 38.3%
  • Overall percentage change ranking (worst to best) – 10
  • Male Average – 24.13 per 100,000 annually
  • Female Average – 6.3 per 100,000 annually
  • Worst period – 2014-2016

Other Important Facts

  • Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of states since 1999
  • Nearly 45,000 lives lost to suicide in 2016
  • More than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition

Know the 12 Suicide Warnings

  • Feeling like a burden
  • Being isolated
  • Increased anxiety
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance use
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

Complete study

CDC Suidice Report By State 1999-2016