Suicide rates are soaring in the U.S. and world

SuicideIncreasingSuicide rates are soaring in the U.S. and world.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one million people per year, or one person every 40 seconds, dies by his or her own hand.

The highest rate of self-inflicted deaths worldwide (55 percent) occur among those aged 15 to 44, the age group where suicides are increasing fastest.

Suicide rates in the U.S. have hit a high, surging 24 percent in just 15 years, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Since 1999, suicide rates increased about one percent each year before accelerating to two percent annually from 2006 to 2014. Suicide rates increased among men and women in virtually all age groups…. right along with obesity rates.

The New York Times reported on sociologists speculating that the economic troubles of the working class and increased “social isolation” due to family breakdown and divorce were playing a role.

But the sharpest rise in suicide rates was among young girls.

The federal report reveals that 150 U.S. girls between 10 and 14 years old committed suicide in 2014 alone—a 200 percent increase in that group since 1999.

“I think it may be a reflection of access to social media, internet, and cyber bullying,” says adolescent psychiatrist Victor Fornari.

“Teens suffering from anxiety and depression can be powerfully influenced by websites and blogs dedicated to dark topics and self-destructive coping mechanisms, such as suicidal fantasies and self-harm.”

Certainly social media such as Facebook have become  malevolent destructive forces for many people, not denying that social media is a positive tool for many others.

But I can offer a lot more reasons why suicide rates are soaring.

We live in a polluted, poisoned world. Polluted oceans, polluted air, polluted cropland, disgusting, nutrient-depleted food, body and mind-altering drugs—and eternal wars, destruction and death.

Countless loss of freedoms, choices and opportunity in a modern world ruled by powerful government/corporate alliances have left millions of once proudly independent families, farms, businesses and communities despairing and bankrupt.

It’s not difficult to understand why suicide rates are soaring. Millions of working age parents are struggling or failing to provide for their families.

Yet many of their teens and pre-teens are among the “walking dead,” with their eyes glued to those ‘absolutely necessary’ electronic devices. Can’t they see that those childrens’ developing emotions can be devastated by hurtful and comparative postings in the cyber world for all to see?

If you are reading this, you already know many of these things, and are doing something about it. Parents have a hard job today, in ways that our parents and other ancestors couldn’t imagine.

But it can be done, despite our cultural and environmental deterioration. I’ve seen it. Most of us still have some influence over lifestyle choices that just may prevent our being participants in the ‘suicide rates are soaring’ statistic.

Sources include: The Week, CNN, Time, WHO