Welcome news from the Office for National Statistics: suicide is on the decline. ONS always stick to the facts, so no suggestions as to why, but three possibilities come to mind:
- better treatment
- access to the means of suicide is becoming more difficult
- something else
I haven't put 'everyone is happier' because mental illness and feelings of wellbeing are not opposites - they sit on different continuums.
The 'better treatment' argument is an interesting one. Remember that every serious mental illness (e.g. bipolar disorder, shziphrenia) increases the risk of suicide - not just depressive disorder. It's a slight worry that there is a bit of a backlash at present against anti-deprrsive medication. Certainly they are over-prescribed; but also they are very effective drugs when indicated