Monday, December 2, 2019

Suicide in America

Maybe it’s a mental health story. Maybe it’s a story about the American cultural and political climate from 2007-2017. Whatever it is, its very bad news.

Here are the raw statistics, from the Wall Street Journal:

The suicide rate in the U.S. rose 24% from 2007 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among people ages 10 to 24 years old, it jumped 56%. 

I note this in order to disabuse us of the notion that the mental health industry is doing a great job treating depression, especially suicidal depression. And I would note, for those who believe that we never had it as good as we did from 2007-2017, that many people did not have it so good… psychologically speaking. 

So, I will let the facts speak for themselves.


Bizzy Brain said...

Nihilism is being driven down our throats every which way we turn. Nihilism means nothing in the universe matters or has any significance, thus our current values and institutions don’t matter and lack significance. They can, thusly, be eliminated with no consequences. That certainly is a forlorn philosophy. People become useless nothings with nothing to cling to except “feelings.” No wonder living doesn’t matter to many. Unless, that is, they believe in God and Trump. Lol!

UbuMaccabee said...

The answer among the eggheads: we need more therapy. More counselors and hotlines. Just like the cure for indoctrination and subliteracy among half the country is more indoctrination. Keep doubling down on what's causing the problem in the first place.

It's enough to drive a reasonable man to nihilism.