Mental illness isn’t the only cause – social factors like loneliness, financial ruin and shame can be triggers.
The U.S. suicide rate has been increasing for decades. In 1999, the rate was about 10 suicides per 100,000 people. In 2017, the most recent year for which complete statistics are available, it was just over 14 per 100,000 – a rise of 40% in only 18 years.
And the problem is not evenly distributed across the country. The increase has been especially severe in...
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