Suicide rates up among women, but down for black men

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Suicide rates in the United State are on the rise and they have been since 1999. The CDC reported that men die by suicide more often than women, but there’s a surge for women with a 45 percent increase and a 16 percent increase for men.


The number of suicides increased among all racial groups, except for black males. In 2014, 13 people out of every 100,000 took their own lives compared with 10.5 in 1999, according to the CDC.

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Officials say the growing number of overdose deaths could be a factor, but overall there isn’t a clear explanation.

Locally, Crisis Services said they received about 300 calls a month on their suicide hotline, meaning more people are seeking help, but the organization said men don’t seek help as often as women.

“I think men at times think that seeking help is a sign of weakness. We want people to know it’s actually a strength to talk about when you’re having a hard time instead of it being a weakness. They keep things inside, they may not talk about it with their friends and family and they become isolated, withdrawn and potentially could act and complete a suicide,” said Jessica Pirro, Crisis Services CEO.

Crisis Services said no one should ever feel alone and they are always here to help. Their free 24 hour hotline can be reached at 716-834-3131. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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