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Why suicide is on the rise in the U.S.—even as it falls in Europe

Could inequality be to blame?
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The US suicide rate rose 30.4 percent between 1999 and 2015.

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Suicide now ranks in the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S.

In 2015, 44,193 Americans died by their own hand. That was more than the number killed in motor vehicle accidents (37,757) and over twice the number who died through homicide (17,793).

rose 30.4 percent between 1999 and 2015. The increase has not been uniform across all demographic groups. Those in midlife had

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