‘Clusters of death’ rising in Minnesota – Duluth News Tribune

“It is frustrating and difficult,” said Melissa Heinen, suicide epidemiologist for the health department, about the trend. “These are not only individuals who die. These are communities that are struggling and families that are grieving. But we know that we can make a change.” Minnesota is far from alone in suffering an increase of what some social scientists have called “deaths of despair.” But Heinen and health department colleagues who were interviewed by phone on Monday rejected that label, using the term “clusters of death.” “Where we see an increase in suicides, we often see an increase in overdose deaths ...

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