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As Increasing Numbers of Less Educated, Middle-aged White People Die From ‘Diseases of Despair,’ How Should We Talk About Suicide?

Death by diseases of despair in 2015: Suicide, alcohol, and overdose-related deaths among Caucasians (per 100,000). Graphic by Forefront.Middle-aged white people in the United States are bucking a global trend as they face an escalation in deaths from suicide, overdose and alcohol related deaths, according to a study from Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University.

It’s a teachable moment for talking about suicide, depression and substance abuse

This week we're having a national conversation about suicide and depression, topics too often kept under wraps because of the stigma surrounding them. It comes at a terrible cost—the Aug. 11 death of actor and comedic genius Robin Williams—but gives rise to the hope expressed the morning after his death by NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman that maybe, just maybe, this will be the “turning point where we talk about mental illness in a different way.”

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