California residents are committing suicide at unprecedented rates.
Nearly 4,300 Californians killed themselves in 2016, a 50 percent increase from 2001, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The suicide rate rose from 8.2 suicides per 100,000 residents to 10.9 suicides per 100,000 residents over the same time period.
Suicide rates are particularly high in rural parts of California where mental health care is scarce. Trinity County saw an annual rate of more than 30 suicides per 100,000 residents between 1999 and 2016, roughly triple the statewide rate.