Suicide rate on the rise

Is it because of the recession?

Wall Street Journal had an article that reported that early signs suggest the number of suicides in the U.S. crept up during the worst recession in decades. WSJ does make clear that tough economic times alone don’t push most to suicide. About 90% of those who kill themselves have a mental-health disorder, experts say, most often depression or substance abuse. An economic downturn can exacerbate them, said Paula Clayton, medical director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

I had no idea that there’s been an 15% uptick in suicide rate in the State of Tennessee. How come I haven’t heard about this? Do the other states who’ve seen a similar trend been talking about this disturbing news? I would think that this would be of some news. With these rising numbers, I think it would be critical that the state reexamine their suicide prevention strategies.

(This post is fourth in the series of posts about suicide.)

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