Suicide Rates Jump in Minnesota, Across US

June 08, 2018 06:22 PM

New figures show Minnesota's suicide rate has jumped in recent years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures Thursday on suicide rates across the U.S. According to the report, the suicide rate in Minnesota jumped 40.6 percent over 18 years.

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Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates in Minnesota increased across age, sex and racial groups. But the Star Tribune reports that lately the rates have been going up the most in rural parts of Minnesota.

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In 2016, 745 suicides were reported in Minnesota. That continues a trend that began after 2010 when the number of suicides was 606.

Sue Abderholden, with the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness,  said there is a variety of factors, including increased substance abuse and social media.

"We're also in a different world than we were 20 years ago in terms of social media," she said. "People putting things up on Instagram or sharing their entire life on Facebook and Twitter, so you're comparing yourself."

Karl Naverson said his son was 17 when he killed himself.

"Fortunately the local police happened to be right in the neighborhood," he said. "So, I was still doing CPR when he walked in and he finally grabbed my shoulder and said stop."

Fourteen years later, the family is still dealing with their loss. 

The Minnesota Health Department has increased efforts to identify at-risk communities to help reduce suicides.

The report finds nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016.


Suicide Prevention Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

Minnesota Department of Health's Suicide Prevention Program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness - Minnesota

Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255, Press 1


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