Suicide is Indeterminate, but Humanity is Infinite

The high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have cracked open a fresh conversation about why people take their own lives—and how we can predict it. Unfortunately, research hasn't produced an answer that beats random guessing, writes Florida State University psychology professor Joseph Franklin.

For example, 2% of severely depressed people in the US die by suicide—only slightly more than 1.6% of the general population.

While suicide is "too complex and indeterminate for humans to predict," we still have humanity: "the ability to be supportive and caring," Franklin writes.

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