A national resilience strategy can help prevent deaths from despair

November 28, 2017
by John Auerbach and Benjamin F. Miller

Deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide occur so often — 1 million in the last decade — that there’s a name for them: deaths from despair. And the situation may get worse. According to a study that the Berkeley Research Group did for our organizations, the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust, deaths from despair could total 1.6 millionbetween 2016 and 2025, a 60 percent increase over the previous decade. And that might be a conservative estimate.

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