Suicide rates over the last 20 years have increased across every racial group, according to new CDC data. The increases were especially high among American Indians and Alaska Natives, who had the highest suicide rate for both men (33.8 per 100,000) and women (11 per 100,000). White men and women also are taking their lives at increasingly high rates versus two decades ago. For white women, the suicide rate increased from 4.7 to 7.19; for white men the rate increased from 20.2 to 28.2.
The new CDC numbers are the second startling report this week on U.S. suicide rates, which have jumped 33 percent over two decades. Suicides among teens are now at their highest levels over that time period.