Opinion: Suicides Rates Are Rising. What Should We Do About It?

It is estimated that more than 90 percent of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder. This means that, in theory, suicide should be preventable if the right treatment can be delivered to people who have these psychiatric illnesses. Unfortunately, it’s hard to know which treatments are most effective at preventing suicides because most studies of mental health interventions specifically exclude suicidal subjects.
Faculty Associate Elizabeth Stuart is a co-author of the Johns Hopkins study featured in the piece.