Suicide: A Tragic Sign of the Times

The suicide epidemic is a social fact.

Unknown by many people is the fact that the rate of suicide is sharply on the rise in the U.S. and has been for more than a decade. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline recently reported that its annual call volume has doubled from 1 million in 2014 to more than 2 million in 2017.

Incredibly, there are now 45,000 suicides in the U.S. annually, which means that suicides outnumber murders nearly three-to-one.

The federal statistics also reveal that suicide demographic patterns are changing in the U.S. Suicide is no longer concentrated among isolated, elderly Americans and, to a lesser extent, troubled teenagers. It has been dramatically on the rise among middle-aged Americans. There has also been a dramatic increase in suicides among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  more

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