I won't speculate on whether suicide has increased or not. But I was bullied/tortured from the age of 8 until I left college. I was bullied by peers, people who were supposedly my friends, Sunday school classmates, and even a college professor. I never even had a thought of suicide.
I have a friend who I met on-line (through a friend I knew in person) and we would chat for hours on IM when I was a freshman in college and he was taking college classes as a senior in high school. Just a few years ago, he finally admitted to me that chatting with me was what made him most happy in those days and it was the only thing keeping him from attempting suicide.
I cannot blame social media for making it worse, because it can bring people together to save a life, too. The difference in our bullying situations was that I had a stable home - his dad walked out on his mom 2 weeks before he was born and he had 2 older brothers, one with issues so deep he murdered his dad a few years ago - and I went to church. Even though my own classmates at Sunday school picked on me, excluded me, I still had faith which gave me hope and I think HOPE is what a lot of kids are missing now.
My friend's life has gone downhill again - divorced after a tour in Iraq, living with his mother again (which drives him nuts), but he was baptised a few years ago and has discovered a faith and hope which I think makes all the difference.
Studies show that the incidence of suicide is lower in regular church attenders than in non-attendees and I think THAT is where the primary issue lies. Parents aren't taking their kids to church as much anymore.
Rae (27), DH (26), Lucas (6/3/12), #2 due in December