Originally Posted by jellyghost
They may be on the rise because society is not reinforcing a reason to live. Relgion used to play that role, and it still does for some. Nihilism is something that many people just accept, and some accept it and come to the suicide conclusion.
Wise words. I think some people are discovering endless consumerism, promiscuity, and weekly (or nightly) substance abuse isn't providing them a feeling of purpose. Some may find god at this point, some may wonder aimlessly, and others just loose it.