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    • The Economist has a couple fascinating articles about why the suicide rate has declined 29% since 2000 (fewer forced marriages, urbanization, some helpful policies):

      The hard thing is they are up 18% in the U.S., primarily among older white men without college education in jobs like farming. It's no wonder they got so animated in the last presidential election. Unless I am mistaken, their situation has not improved since the election.

      Anyone have ideas for what's to be done? When self-driving arrives, are we going to see a spike among transportation workers?

    • The hard thing is they are up 18% in the U.S., primarily among older white men without college education in jobs like farming.

      In the year 2372, Dr. Bashir had to deal with a planet-wide infection of the Quickening, a fatal disease. Repeated attempts to find a cure resulted in repeated failure. Finally, a child is born without the Quickening. A vaccine has been found, not a cure. In the year 2018, we should have preventative measures in place to avoid permanent unemployment. Guaranteed retraining throughout your lifetime, including a stipend to pay for food and lodging during retraining, is such a no brainer solution/vaccine. The documentary Roger & Me shows the personal devastation caused, including homelessness and incarceration, when hardworking people are left without a way to put food on the table.

    • For the demographic of older white men killing themselves intervention will be difficult- self worth in our culture is largely tied to what we do to earn a living. Take that away from older individuals who have limited options for re-employment and it’s a difficult situation.

    • It's called GAI (Guaranteed Annual Income). Canada is currently doing a case study of this but the newly elected conservative government cancelled it much to the demise of interested countries worldwide. The people involved in the study will continue to get paid for a while longer but unfortunately it'll end before long term data is collected.

    • Interesting, Robert, thanks for calling that out. I dove in because this seems like something really important and a suicide every 22 minutes is appalling.

      Well it turns out that there are a lot of military active duty and veterans, so the actual number per 100,000 is not as high as 22/minute sounds. Also, they are 95% male.

      The branch of the government makes a big diff with Army by far the highest. And where they were deployed, what war and what they saw made a big difference. Iraq deployment was the highest. So the Army number is 30/100,000, which is right on top of the protective service number in the chart above. Still way too high and tragic.

    • Having spent quite a bit of time with suicidal ideation, I’m no expert but in my experience diet was huge to get rid of the depression, which in turn shut off suicial ideation. Ithink without the correct gut biome, you will not be able to make or digest the micronutrients one needs. I suspect that not only do you need a large diversity of bacteria, you also need to feed those bacterium’s what they need. I see research that mentions depression but I think we need full on studies, just not sure how ethical they would be.

    • I would never have discerned "protective service" as a category to include military and Veterans. But, I get it now. I guess as a Veteran, I think most people including myself have no idea how large the scope and task of offering "free" healthcare to probably at least 50 million active duty and Veterans that have served anywhere from WWII (still) through today's global conflict. Many people are just not cut out for the military but they seemed faced with no other "job" alternatives at the time they sign up. Thus, I would also guess that many active duty and Veterans suffer debilitating depression from basic stuff like family separation, cultural adaptability, etc. As a lay person, I would guess the groundwater of depression amongst those not clinically diagnosed eventually leads to an infection of the mind that could lead to suicide. Combine that with predispositions of alcoholism and drug addiction, the military demographic could easily trump all.(gawd, I hate using the "trump" word in any context now...hahahahah)

    • I am not a veteran and I honestly don't know how I could ever summon the mental strength to live through what veterans have had to live through. The same for EMTs, firemen & women, and the police. I don't know how they do it.

      Sometimes when I feel sorry for myself over troubles in my life, I think of them and feel guilty that I even think I have troubles to be sad about. Thank God we have them.

      📷: TIME

    • I agree 1000%. Firefighters and EMT's never get enough praise....and, even though I have had conflicts on occasion with maybe an individual law enforcement person, I have mad respect for the BLUE having to deal with anything and everything (mostly mentally ill people) daily. If someone spits on you basically everyday, how do you show up for work with pride and integrity. Beyond the scope of my comprehension.

    • Chris MacAskill

      Fascinating! They didn't mention Colorado, another high-altitude state, and I wondered if it was because Colorado wasn't as religious and isn't as conservative. The answer seems to confirm the altitude hypothesis as the biggest factor:

      I was an undergrad at University of Utah and we used to debate why so few Nobel Prizes are awarded to people who live above sea level. Was it the oxygen? What if we enriched the air of research labs with Oxygen? Seemed like a good idea at the time, but it increases the fire hazard.

    • Having lost a lifelong friend to suicide in the past 2 years, this strikes close to home. I know there is plenty of science we should all be paying attention to but my thoughts on why the US rates are rising are simple. We are focused on the wrong things. In an achievment based culture that often sets expectations far higher than most can attain, the feeling of being incomplete or less than perfect because we fall short of unrealistic / artificial norms set by the consumer culture is far to easy to come by. Our focus on attainment of 'stuff and things' as a measure of success is not natural and it can easily trigger anyone with a mental illness or traumatic past or just a completely routine existence to think they are not worthy. We are heading in the wrong direction but the snowball's momentum will be difficult to stop.

    • Sorry for your loss Frankreed

      A few weeks ago I was reflecting on what it means to be successful. I think this is a hard one to nail down. Then two days ago I came across a Brian Tracy video about success and started to watch it. (I had taken a Brian Tracy course when I was quite young and learned some valuable things from it. I've also read one of his books)The first thing he said in this video was that the most successful people are at the top 20% of the income range. I stopped the video right there and moved on. My idea of success has changed so much over the years and I rejected the notion that income is the measure of success. You're absolutely right that we need to reevaluate what success is and what it means to be human.

    You've been invited!