This of course is totally predictable and of no surprise to us anti-techers. In a nutshell, the technological system is creating a life which is more and more nightmarish that more and more people want to escape from. Of course, the situation is more complex than that, and there are very specific reasons why technological progress BY ITSELF is CAUSING increasing rates of depression, escapism, and despair --mostly rooted in the biological fact that technology is creating conditions which are radically different from those in which humans evolved in over the course of millions of years. I'll say more about this in the future, but I invite others to comment.
On of the most crucial jobs of an anti-tech movement will be to show people how technological progress and human misery are linked, despite all the education and propaganda and "common sense" (i.e. the "standard of living" mythology) that people receive from the powerful technology-wielding elite sectors of society to convince them otherwise.
I encourage others on this forum to read through a majority of comments to this article in the comment section and analyse what the prevailing belief systems are for this rise in misery--exactly what the different reasons are that are leveled for this increase. Arguments can then be then crafted that address why their are erroneous or incomplete, for an anti-tech perspective.
Beyond the deaths tallied - successful suicides - there are all the attempts, and other escapes from living in the 'splendor' of the Anthropocene modernity: addictions and nihilistic/hedonistic abandon and psychotic homicidal sprees.
I might be mistaken here, as the Wikipedia for the 2006 documentary "The Bridge" mentions only one surviving jumper, but I recall four or so survivors who leapt from the Golden Gate in San Francisco; they all said that as soon as they began to fall they regretted it, they didn't want to die. To me this speaks to the inducement of suicide by external conditions. I also can't imagine Nature-based small-society people being depressed or suicidal, any more than dogs or bonobos or dolphins are suicidal.
“I told the Pirahas how my stepmother committed suicide and how this led me to Jesus and how my life got better after I stopped drinking and doing drugs and accepted Jesus. I told them this as a very serious story.
“When I concluded, the Pirahas burst into laughter. This was unexpected, to put it mildly. I was used to reactions like 'Praise God!' with my audience genuinely impressed by the great hardships I had been through and how God had pulled me out of them.
“‘Why are you laughing?’ I asked.
"’She killed herself? Ha ha ha. How stupid. Pirahas don’t kill themselves,’ they answered.”
--Daniel Everett, Don't Sleep There Are Snakes1
The same study referenced above was published by USA Today (O'Donnell, Jayne, "U.S. deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide hit highest level since record-keeping began," USA Today, Mar. 5, 2019).2 What's interesting about that article is how laughably out of touch all of the plausible explanations given for this crisis are. Also, all of the "efforts" to "address" the crisis are palliatives that fail to address the underlying problems: total lack of freedom, lack of autonomy, lack of meaning and purpose, deprivation with respect to the power process, lack of real practical life-and-death related goals, powerlessness in the face of large organizations that dictate the circumstances under which you must live in modern society, etc. --all of them inevitable outgrowths of technology itself. It's a joke, really, and thinking people (including some of the more conscientious and honest psychologists) should already know about this massive elephant in the room. It's gotten to the point of frankly being funny to watch the industrial system's various puppet ideologies try and justify the crisis according to their worldviews. Being puppet ideologies that all seek to control the industrial system, their explanations all invariably seek to divert attention away from the techno-system itself as the cause. The right will try to answer that we have a loss of tradition and weakening nuclear families (all inevitable outgrowths of technological progress) while the left will lay blame on their various victimization issues. Both of them may blame the silly idea that a lack of "economic opportunity" is behind a lot of it--as if we could just give everyone a nice little slot within the system (a "job") in exchange for more money to buy more useless junk or fritter away more time in pleasure-seeking, while freedom, joy, dignity and wild nature all recede forever... yes! that way we'll all be happy! Meanwhile, as we all know, even the tepid (and probably somewhat guilty) palliatives offered to ameliorate the problem actually act to enhance the power of the industrial system. Take for example the article's reference to programs that seek to "limit people's access to the means of suicide." That's just divine! Now the hell that the industrial system has put you in won't even allow you to put yourself out of your misery! One is reminded of the suicide nets placed around horrific factories in developing countries to prevent workers from jumping to their deaths.3 No, there is still some empathy that remains in our society (though it is receding as the system expands), and besides, the industrial system still needs human labor and participation to some extent: it would be too disruptive to the orderly functioning of the social machine if too many people off'ed themselves. No, the system needs (for now) to somehow force you to accept the new conditions that it's created and that it needs to survive, even if that means forcing you--psychologically or biologically--into some numbed-out, zombified state.
Among other things, the lack of personal autonomy that an industrialized lifestyle forces upon its subjects is absolutely crushing; when one stops at any point in time and attempts to look toward the future, only to see years (if not decades) spent living by the hand/at the discretion of a system hell-bent on keeping them dependent to its production, a system that is so terribly ardent on seeing them ruled over by another in an excessive chain of meaningless positions, a system that has attempted to make them equate meaning with material value etc, who can be surprised that despair is the result? They have been told through smirking advertisements and years of indoctrinating policy that this is the best time to be alive, and the best place to be alive in. When this lie is seen through, who can be surprised that horror is the result? When this lie is not seen through, and when this time and place stack plight upon plight upon the well-being of man and all other things of the earth while fervently denying that they are causing this plight, nothing good results. The ill is internalized, thought only to be an individual affliction, and diagnosed as a personal disease. Further alienation follows for they see the illusion that the system has created, and, measuring themselves against it, think they come up lacking. For one who continues in their inability to see past this falsity, I don't think there exists anything other than suicide-the obvious sort in death, the drug-induced programming to be a "productive member of society" as a more mental sort, or the total rewiring of adapting to this state of things.