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MN death by suicide rate increases by 55 percent since 2000

In spite of the rise, Minnesota has the 14th lowest death by suicide rate in the nation, when including Washington D.C.

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's death by suicide rate has risen 55 percent from 2000 to 2017 - 20 percent higher than the national average of 35 percent, according to a new study.

The State Health Access Data Assistance Center released new numbers on suicide rates and, while Minnesota has the 14th lowest death by suicide rate in the nation including Washington D.C., the 55-percent rise is among the more significant increases in the nation.  

Minnesota has the 15th highest increase, including Washington D.C. 

According to the study, nearly every state experienced significant increases in death by suicide. North Dakota saw the largest rise, increasing 93 percent since 2000. Delaware, Maryland and Nevada are the only three states that had no significant change since 2000. 

For people suffering from depression, and for those who may be having suicidal thoughts, there's help all across the country.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. 

There are local hotlines that can also assist at any time.