MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health says an increase in the state’s adult suicide rate is highlighting a need to connect Minnesotans to hope and help.

According to the MDH, there were 726 suicide deaths reported in Minnesota, an increase of 6 percent from 2014’s 686 reported suicide deaths.

“Today’s news clarifies that we must do more to support and connect with those who are suffering and contemplating suicide,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger. “We know suicides are preventable. We have seen progress in preventing youth suicide. We must focus on helping adult men and others find hope and help.” Factors such as meaningful relationships, coping skills and safe and supportive communities can decrease the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

MDH says suicide among men drove the state’s suicide rate increase in 2015 (20.5 per 100,000), while the rate among women stayed stable at 5.9 suicides per 100,000.

“This alarming rise in the number of suicides in Minnesota reinforces for us the need for a continuum of mental health care in our communities – so that people can get help when they need it,” said Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. ”Let us never forget that this is not about statistics; each and every one of these 726 deaths is someone’s friend, relative and neighbor. We need to work together by focusing on prevention.”

Meanwhile, the number of suicides went down for Minnesotans under 25 years old – where most prevention efforts have been focused.

“More training of healthcare professionals and community members along with follow-up care is important in preventing suicides,” said Dr. Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director of SAVE.

Firearms continue to be the leading method of suicide.

Anyone who is concerned about a friend or loved one is asked to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), not leave the person along, remove anything that could be used in a suicide attempt and, if able, take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

Comments (7)
  1. S Strand says:

    When one wakes up to find they may be living on a continent not of their choosing, instead of the Minnesota they new and loved, that could cause some severe depression.

  2. I say it’s quite telling when, Faith isn’t mentioned as a help aid.

    1. S Strand says:

      You bring up a much important part, of the matter. We live in a time that society has turned its back on our creator, unlike any other time in our Country’s history.

  3. Fook Yu says:

    Spread awareness: Minnesota sucks and people are dying to get out. Check your life insurance policy for exclusions regarding suicide. Warning: Asking for help will result in your rights being downgraded to privileges.

  4. leftofright says:

    when people are told their whole life that everything is “free”, they do not have to earn anything, and that they get a trophy just for showing up. Then, they become an adult and find out life is hard and you have to work and pay for what your parents had, I bet a little depression would set it. Reality, what a beoch…..

  5. Jos Bleau says:

    More waste of taxpayer’s money. Suicide is a personal choice that everyone has a right to exercise. Don’t be bamboozled by the charlatans.

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