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tacocat  ·  224 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Suicide rates are up 30 percent since 1999, CDC says

There's no reason. There are reasons. We live in a shallow consumer culture where our values are out of line with what actually makes us happy. We're connected in the most superficial ways so when shit hits the fan we don't have a reliable network of people to ask for help. We have no job security, no social safety net, no pensions so we have economic insecurity. We have networks of misery echo chambers on the internet for unhealthy people to gather and reinforce their unhealthy behavior. We have very little effective means to treat depression. The ones we have are difficult to obtain for some. Impossible for some too. Seeking treatment itself is stigmatized in some cases. Drug and alcohol treatment is in most instances in the US based on the religious ramblings of a narcissistic asshole who was born in the 19th century

I could go on. It's a complex problem that doesn't lend itself to quick analysis on the back of a story about a statistical increase