There’s a suicide in the United States every 13 minutes, yet the country seems almost complacent with this staggering death toll, reports USA Today. Americans are far more likely to kill themselves than each other. Homicides have fallen by half since 1991, but the U.S. suicide rate keeps climbing. The nearly 40,000 American lives lost each year make suicide the nation’s 10th-leading cause of death, and second for those ages 15-34.
Each suicide costs society about $1 million in medical and lost-work expenses and emotionally victimizes an average of 10 other people. Yet a national effort to stem this self-destruction — 90% of which occurs among Americans suffering mental illness — is in disarray. America’s health care community remains mired in confusion over how to tackle suicide. Basic questions about suicide remain widely debated.