Suicide rates are on the rise. It’s been a tragic summer for high profile suicides, with Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade recently taking their own lives. As suicide rates continue to grow, it’s becoming painfully clear that America is in the midst of a mental health crisis.
According to a new poll by Gallup and Sharecare, a health services company, American well-being under President Trump dropped in 21 out of 50 states and failed to improve in a single one. This is the first time in almost a decade a presidential administration performed so badly.
According to their report, the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index "includes more than 2.5 million surveys" and "captures how people feel about and experience their daily lives." The report examines well-being across the United States in five elements of well-being:
Straight out of Japan is the Otohiko, a limited-edition, technology-enhanced fork that detects slurping noises and camouflages those noises within other sounds.
The Garden Collective, a creative agency in Toronto, found a way to cheer up the United States during a particularly tough election cycle: By riffing on Donald Trump's campaign slogan and launching a social media campaign called "Let's Tell America It's Great." The campaign encourages Canadians to send videos of themselves telling Americans why they're already great.
In a blog post titled "A Friend in Need," the agency explained why it launched the campaign: "It’s no secret that America is going through a hard time right now. The election has exposed some pretty scary realities that will likely challenge them for years to come, regardless of who’s elected. They’ve been bombarded with a tremendous amount of negativity and it’s likely that for many of them, the immediate future seems rather bleak... As their closest friends and neighbours, we thought it was important for us to do something to cut through the negativity and help remind them that no matter how bad things might seem, there are a lot of reasons to believe that America is still pretty great."