Sorry for the dark topic, but I'm in a dark mood right now. The news of Anthony Bourdain's suicide has gotten me feeling pretty hopeless and this news has not helped: https://www.wsj.com/articles/cdc-finds-rise-in-suicide-rates-across-the-u-s-1528417378 "Suicide death rates have risen significantly in most states since the late 1990s, with 25 states recording increases of more than 30%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said." "The rates rose in men and women and across all age and ethnic groups, propelled by mental illness, substance-use disorders, financial hardship and relationship problems, the CDC said." 54% of suicides were in people not previously diagnosed with a mental illness. That doesn't mean they didn't have one, of course. Suicide rates have risen in every state except Nevada. Do you think the rise in suicide is a reversible trend? What do you think it is about our society that leads people to seek suicide as a solution at an increasing rate? Speculate away.