The CDC released a new report this week stating that suicide rates have increased almost 30% since 1999. Suicides accounted for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016.
Pennsylvania matched the nationwide results as firearms were the most common method for suicide, accounting for almost half of the deaths. The number of suicides by firearms has exceeded the number of homicides by firearms. Less than 10% of people who attempt suicide by firearm survive.
The new report comes as there have been three high profile suicides this week; Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and PA Wrestler Charles Williams. Williams shot himself and then his wife in Chester County.
Waiting periods for purchasing firearms and extreme risk protection orders could prevent those attempting to take their own from getting access to a firearm.
If you or someone who love are in need of help, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800 273-8255.