Suicide Rates Increase As Help Drops

“Suicide rates increase as help drops” by Sarah Lenz addresses that suicide can possibly be prevented the more people know how to identify warning signs and where to get help. A main problem of suicide is that people are afraid to talk about it whether it be the person contemplating it or a bystander. It has shown that here in Minnesota our suicide rates have been rising, while funding toward it drops. “Over the last 14 years, state funding to deter suicide has decreased from $1.1 million annually to $98,000 each year.” (Minnesota Daily) Seeing how much the money amount has plummeted can lead to people assuming that it is not a primary concern when it should be. When people see that things can change they have an urge to do so. Yet so far no political leader in  Minnesota has even tried do address this issue and bring it to the attention of residents here. Schools that do have suicide past of a curriculum believe that talking about it will eventually lead to the kids thinking of it. This couldn’t be more backwards. By providing information on how to get help and alternatives to things like self harm it will lead to less suicides. And that is the goal for Sean Haines and his wife who lost their 15 year old daughter to suicide in 2015. First step to reduce suicides is educating people on it , and erasing the stereotypes people have of it in their heads.

“Suicide Rate Increases as Help Drops.” Minnesota Daily. N.p., 06 M

2015. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

What can lead someone to committing such an act?

There are many view points on why someone would chose to end their life far too soon and one of the must common answers is they wanted to be happy , or be safe. Anything like that really could be a good enough reason for anyone. Suicide can also be an act of desperation to flee this world and all the problems it can cause. Mental illnesses can also play a very big role as over 90 percent of all people who commit suicide are suffering from a disorder. At least the ones they were diagnosed for. Family problems, losing a loved one, drug dependency, feeling alone, trouble with the law any of these things and more can be someones reason to end their life.



A suicide hotline number is stenciled on the sidewalk of St. Paul’s High Bridge, where many people have died by throwing themselves in the MIssissippi River far below. (Pioneer Press:

“Gathering at St. Paul’s High Bridge Urges Suicide

            Prevention.” N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.


-In 2013, 24.5 percent of Dakota County 8th graders, 28 percent of 9th graders and 34 percent of 11th graders said they had significant problems with feeling very trapped, lonely, sad, blue, depressed or hopeless about the future, during the past year. The percentages were slightly below the state for 8th and 9th graders and slightly above the state for 11th graders (Countryman).

-In 2013, 30.5 percent of Dakota County 8th graders, 31.5 percent of 9th graders and 35 percent of 11th graders said they had significant problems with feeling very anxious, nervous, tense, scared, panicked or that something bad was going to happen, during the past year. The percentages were similar to the state for 8th and 9th graders and above the state for 11th graders (Countryman).

-Suicide was the second leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds in Dakota County in 2013 (Countryman).

-In 2013, 14 percent of Dakota County 8th and 11th graders and 15 percent of 9th graders said they had significant problems with thinking about ending their life or committing suicide during the past year. These percentages are similar to the state for 8th and 9th graders and slightly above the state for 11th graders (Countryman).

-Dakota County’s suicide rate increased 42 percent from 2006 to 2012 (Van Berkel).

-Minnesota’s statewide suicide rate increased by 29% between 2003 and 2011 (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention).

-60%-65% of teens who kill themselves are mentally ill (Shaw).

-Many of today’s adolescents experience bullying in and out of the classroom; in the United States, 2.7 million K-12 students have reported that their peers have victimized them face-to-face or online (Concordia).

-Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for youth in the state (Injury and Violence Prevention).

-Current law regarding assisted suicide: Whoever intentionally advises, encourages, or assists another in taking the other’s own life may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 15 years or to payment of a fine of not more than 30,000$ or both.

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Web. 15 Dec. 2015.

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n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2015.

Shaw, Bob. “Minnesota Suicides up Sharply.” N.p., 30 Aug. 2013. Web. 15 Dec. 2015.

“Minnesota Takes On Bullying – Concordia University, St. Paul Online.” Concordia University St Paul Online. N.p.,

19 Oct. 2012. Web. 15 Dec. 2015.

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Suicide: a : the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind.

In Minnesota suicide is the second leading cause of death in teens and young adults. Suicide is greatly influenced by someones mental state. Depression, Anxiety, Anorexia are only a couple of the leading reasons. To deal with a mental illness can be very hard. Many people often treat mental illnesses like you have a choice to have them. But you don’t, and this makes suicide probably one of the hardest things to comprehend unless you are struggling with it yourself. Suicide prevention eventually comes down to how one is treated, and trying to make sure that they know they are valued.

This topic was chosen because suicide indirectly and directly effects everyone in a multitude of ways. Suicide has affected me many times and it is not an easy thing to deal with. Every life is valuable and its so sad how not everyone can see that. Hopefully with choosing this topic we can draw more attention and get people involved in helping others.

Questions being researched:

What can we as people do to try to decrease the suicide rates and the statistics?

How is our community involving itself to help prevent teen suicide?

Is suicide really a selfish act? Or one made out of desperation? 


Here is a link to my partner’s blog

Mental Health & Suicide Awareness