The dark side of the American Dream is killing white men

Last month, a reliable family guy with a big laugh became a news story when he didn’t show up for work. A week later, he was found dead of what authorities are confident was a suicide

It’s not uncommon. Like people I’ve known who have taken their lives, he was a hardworking middle-aged white guy with a solid track record — exactly the kind of American most likely to die by suicide. 

Each case is heartbreaking and haunting. 

I blame, in part, the American Dream. 

Suicide is steadily increasing, from 10.5 deaths per 100,000 Americans in 2000 to 14 in 2017. Statistically, in an area roughly the size of metro Detroit, that means about 600 people killed themselves in 2017 — about 150 more than in 2000. 

Source: USA Today

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