Deaths of Despair

Suicide rates in the US are among the highest in the world. These rates increased by 33% since 1999 and has become the 10th leading cause of death in the country.

That’s not all, in 2019 more than 12 million Americans seriously thought about taking their own lives, 3.5 million of them planned it and 1.4 million attempted suicide. The number of black youth taking their own lives has also been disturbing.

While the suicide rate has declined among white and Native American teenagers, it has risen by almost 50 % among Black boys and men between 15 to 24 years old. Why is it that so many Americans can’t seem to be able to take it anymore? In this episode we will talk about suicide in the United States.

Why are so many Americans taking their lives and see suicide as their only way out? Why are the African American youth increasingly attempting suicide? Why do so many US veterans take their own lives? And what is the government doing to try to solve this sever public health problem?


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