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Suicide Crisis

- July 12, 2019
Can the rising rate be stemmed?
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More than 47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017, twice as many as by homicide, according to the latest federal count, and another 1.4 million attempted to take their lives. The nation's suicide rate has been rising since 2000 among nearly every age group, particularly adolescents, young adults and middle-aged men. Researchers cite a variety of theories for the increase, including undiagnosed or untreated mental health problems, fallout from the opioid crisis, economic pressures, easy access to guns and increased use of social media by the young. New drug and psychological therapies offer some hope of effective treatment for those at risk of suicide, but experts say health care providers, suicide counselors, family members and others need better ways to spot signs of suicide risk. Some researchers are looking to artificial intelligence and machine learning as potential tools. Meanwhile, a new treatment based on the old party drug ketamine is being tested as a rapid-acting treatment for severe depression.

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Research and Predictions

 
1890s–1960sResearch on suicide begins, and first suicide prevention centers open.
1970s–1990sGrassroots organizations form to advocate for suicide prevention; researchers develop therapies to treat patients at risk of suicide.
2000s to PresentElected officials respond to surging suicide rates.
   

Can computerized risk-assessment tools reduce the suicide rate?

Pro

Philip Resnik
Professor, Department of Linguistics and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

Con

Dr. Paul S. Appelbaum
Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Law, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

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