The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays have long been an especially painful season for lonely people. Now, there’s good news: Suicide rates among younger and older Americans have been declining since the early 1990s. There’s also puzzling news: No one really knows why.

Researcher Robert McKeown says, “For 40 years adolescent suicide rates rose. Then, the rates began to decline in the late 1980s for adults 65 and older and in the early 1990s for adolescents and young adults. But many people weren’t aware; they kept saying suicides were increasing when it was no longer true.
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