State suicide rate spikes to second-highest in U.S.

Centers for Disease Control

By Samantha Kilgore/Feature Writer

Suicide rates have spiked across the U.S., according to recently released figures from the Centers for Disease Control — up an average of nearly 30 percent nationwide since 1999.

Missouri ranked among the states with the second-highest suicide-rate increases, with an increase of 31 percent to 37 percent here from 1999-2016. Adults ages 45-65 had the largest absolute rate of increase.

In 2016 alone, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older took their lives.

These national statistics mirror what’s happening locally.

Even more alarming is that the CDC found that 54 percent of suicides in 27 studied states (Missouri was not included in this study) did not have a known mental-health condition.

“Right now, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for ages 10-24 nationally and locally,” said Kelsey Prather, Tri-County Mental Health Services Youth Suicide Prevention Specialist. Tri-County serves Ray, Clay and Platte counties.

Tri-County Mental Health Services serves Ray, Clay and Platte counties, and is funded by county property taxes. Go to, a suicide prevention resource funded by Tri-County Mental Health Services, to find therapists and counselors, and other resources. Also, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is answered 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

The complete version of this story appeared in the Tuesday, June 19, 2018, print edition of The Richmond News.

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