According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of suicide in this country has reached a 30-year high (Curtin, Warner, & Hedegaard, 2016). After a period of nearly consistent decline between 1986 and 1999, the overall age-adjusted suicide rate rose 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, and for some demographic groups increased up to 89 percent (Curtin et al., 2016). This trend is especially alarming in light of the fact that it has occurred against a backdrop of generally declining mortality. Since 2005, death rates for the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States have all declined with the exception of suicide (Johnson, Hayes, Brown, Hoo, & Ethier, 2014). For young people ages 10 through 34 years, suicide is currently the second leading cause of death, and the 10th...

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