"Alarmed by a sharp rise in suicides, state health officials are undertaking an ambitious new data-collection effort to probe why near-record numbers of Minnesotans are taking their own lives."
"For reasons that confound medical authorities, Minnesota’s suicide rate jumped 29 percent between 2003 and 2011, more than double the national rate of increase. Last year, 683 Minnesotans died by suicide, up from 496 in 2003 and one short of the record in 2011, according to state data."
“'Why are we becoming more suicidal in Minnesota?' asked Jon Roesler, epidemiologist supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Health. 'The answer is that we don’t know. And that’s disconcerting.'”
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