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Surge in Teen Suicides?

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Minnesota has seen its usual number of teen suicides this year. But because a cluster of suicides involve students from Anoka-Hennepin, Minnesota, some people may believe there’s a “surge” in suicides that is an anomaly.

The Star Tribune (Minneapolis) went behind the statistics, though, to see if such an adjective was appropriate to describe this cluster. As it turns out, it wasn’t.

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Surge in Teen Suicides?

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  1. The piece was well worth the read, John. Thanks for the heads-up. The dynamics of suicide are curious, at any age. So many times I’ve pondered why life circumstances lead someone to take their life, and similar circumstances have the next person digging in to turn things around. Hmmm. And, yes, the “glamourization” of suicide, especially in teens, can have a disturbingly profound impact.

  2. Really interesting read. Would be quite interesting to hear more about the reasons behind the coincidences which essentially is what the media want to hit. What are the overhanging themes and are they proximity influenced. No puns intended by the way.

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