Minnesota's suicide rate continues to climb, particularly among middle-aged men

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Claire Slainmedunn
Suicide has long been thought of as a concern among teens and seniors, but today, the Minnesota Department of Health released its latest data on deaths by suicide, and confirmed that Minnesota is no exception to a troubling national trend: More Minnesotans, and particularly middle-aged men, are killing themselves.

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Suicide has been on the rise in Minnesota since 2000, and the latest numbers reveal the highest rate in more than a decade: In 2011, 684 Minnesotans took their own lives. That's 13 percent more people than in 2010, with much of the increase coming among men ages 55-59.

Here's another way of looking at those figures: In 2011, Minnesotans were nearly twice as likely to die by their own hand than in a car accident.

Minnesota's numbers echo national data released in May, which show, in one decade, a 28.4 percent increase in suicide among adults, and a 50 percent increase among men in their 50s.

So, why? Suicide is complex and personal, but experts point to a number of issues among the baby boomer generation -- from great expectations, to changes in marriage habits, to rates of gun ownership -- to try to explain the upward swing.

Concerned by the steady uptick -- and by preliminary 2012 numbers that echo 2011's -- the MDH is upping its suicide prevention efforts. This morning, it announced a plan to partner with the Department of Human Services and other agencies to create the Minnesota Suicide Prevention Planning Task Force, which will focus, in part, on ways to help newly high-risk groups, like middle-aged adults.
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joecool1999
joecool1999

The way the local version of "feminism" has thrown the lives of men in the dumpster this is absolutely not a surprise to me at all.  People will start to take Minnesota more seriously when it becomes better capable of being pro-woman without being anti-male. Right now, it is failing miserably in that regard. Minnesota is an anti-male state.

gaelkf
gaelkf

Our Banking cartel, and trade policies, have removed stability in the lives of it's citizens, so it is no surprise that middle age men are reflecting the discouragement and disappointment.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

I have a feeling its only going to get worse. 

Septa Penta
Septa Penta

It's all the passive-aggressiveness Minnesotans are known for. It's a nice state, but people don't really care about each other here.

Craig R
Craig R

Life is tough, and the society we live in makes it tougher.

Mary Kuennen
Mary Kuennen

Unfortunately, I don't think the problem is limited to Minnesota. :(

joecool1999
joecool1999

As a transplant I can verify what you're saying is 100% true. This is why the social circles of Minnesotans only include people they met up through high school......beyond high school age they lose the ability to care about anyone new. Their only concerns beyond that point concern materialism and net worth......barren, heartless, soulless individuals.

atheistcable
atheistcable


Septa Penta--this is why I generally don't leave any comments on any website.  You made a general statement, not attacking anyone, but "mrgasso" had to make a personal attack against you in his first line. "mrgasso" provides an example of 'aggressive-meanness'.

mrgasso
mrgasso

@Septa Penta Whatever Dude! It Takes ONE To Know ONE! But, Your Theory might hold water! Too much in breeding between Scandinavians might be to blame! Top that!

gaelkf
gaelkf

@Marion Dooley don't fold, hang on.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

@Marion Dooley Stay strong. Glad you are not. 

joecool1999
joecool1999

In states such as Texas and Arizona where men are valued instead of treated like 2nd class citizens this isn't really happening. In the process of becoming pro-female, Minnesota has also become very anti-male. Minnesota women don't have empathy or sympathy for the problems that men in the state deal with. This is a crisis situation.......and like all other problems that confront men in the state of Minnesota, women will either blame the victims or deny the problem exists in the first place. It is hard to take you seriously as "liberal" state when you implement such a harsh and obvious hierarchy concerning who matters and who doesn't. There is nothing "progressive" or "liberal" about the bigoted attitudes most Minnesota women harbor toward men.

joshuahek
joshuahek

@joecool1999 Not true, I met almost all of my best friends after high school. Maybe the reason you have no friends is because you suck, are a cry baby and are no fun to be around.

breezy42
breezy42

@joecool1999 What is your deal with Minnesotans? You sound like a kid that grew up in Iowa near the border of Minnesota on a small farm, just letting the anger brew. Or perhaps you had a girlfriend who is Minnesotan, and you had a bad break up? I've never heard such hate towards a state. I find it to be rather comical. I am enjoying reading your replies to all these articles. So much anger! Bring it, tell me I am an egotistical, man-eating, unempathetic, hipster with an unfounded love for the state I reside in! lol.

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