The overall suicide rate peaked at about 22 per 100,000 in 1932 during the Great Depression, declined thereafter through the
end of World War II to about 11 per 100,000, rose slightly after the war, and then fluctuated until reaching its historic
low of 10.4 per 100,000 in 2000. The rate then began to rise again, wrote Feijun Luo, Ph.D., of the Division of Violence Prevention
in the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and colleagues in the June American Journal of Public Health.