Suicide rate rises in Pennsylvania

Written by Craig Layne, Radio Pennsylvania and The Associated Press | May 5, 2013 4:00 AM

(Undated) -- The number of Pennsylvania residents who committed suicide increased between 1999 and 2010, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC says 905 people took their own lives in the commonwealth in 2010 -- up from 662 suicides in 1999.

That's a nearly 24 percent increase.

Researcher Thomas Simon says no single cause can be pinpointed.

"There are multiple contributing factors," Simon says, "substance abuse, mental health disorders; combination of accute stressors: divorce, intimate partner violence, job stressors, financial stressors. There is a variety of factors that can play a role in contributing to suicide risk," he says.

Nationwide, suicides have surpassed traffic deaths.

The CDC finds the US suicide rate increased 28 percent for people ages 35 to 64.

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