Adult men suicides raise Minnesota number to record high
ST. PAUL—A record number of Minnesotans died by suicide last year, leading the state's health commissioner to say Wednesday that more must be done to support people who are contemplating taking their lives.
There were 726 suicide deaths reported in the state in 2015, up 6 percent from 686 in 2014. Half of the increase occurred among white men ages 25 to 34, according to the Minnesota Department of Health data released Wednesday.
"We know suicides are preventable," Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said in a statement. "We have seen progress in preventing youth suicide. We must focus on helping adult men and others find hope and help."