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