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The Rising Tide of Suicides

May 26, 2016

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Suicide rates in the United States have risen by nearly a quarter since 1999, according to new federal data. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans, although researchers believe that some suicides still go unreported. What’s behind this alarming trend? We speak to Jodi Jacobson Frey of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, about why working-age men are at particular risk, and Holly Wilcox, of the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health, who explains the major increase in suicide rates for adolescent girls. Plus, a story of recovery: We hear how one woman found support in the midst of a crisis.

Check out Man Therapy, a site aimed at encouraging men to take care of their mental health. 

Suicide prevention resources:

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

Maryland Crisis Hotlines - 1-800-422-0009

NAMI Maryland