Minnesota Health Officials Say Suicide Is On The Rise
Minnesota health officials say the state’s suicide rate is on the rise
The Associated Press reports that the rate rose to more than a full percent to 12.4 per 100,000 people in 2011, the most recent year the data was available. Officials note that the new rate is close to the national average.
The state health department told the AP that 684 people killed themselves in the most recent period. Their data show a general upward trend with 2009 as the lone exception.
Health officials say the state rate is higher in men and higher in the 25-to-64 age group. They also note that the suicide rate is greater outside the metropolitan area than it is in the metro.