U.S. suicide rate has risen sharply in the 21st century

April 22, 2016 4:03 AM

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U.S. suicide rate has risen sharply in the 21st century

The U.S. suicide rate has increased sharply since the turn of the century, led by an even greater rise among middle-aged white people, particularly women, according to federal data released Friday.

Last decade’s severe recession, more drug addiction, “gray divorce,” increased social isolation, and even the rise of the Internet and social media may have contributed to the growth in suicide, according to a variety of people who study the issue.

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