The annual suicide rate of people 35 to 64 years old rose 28 percent from 1999 to 2010, more than any other age group, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in the report today. The working-age group probably is more affecte
d by the economic downturn in the past half-decade than the young or old, and that may be driving suicide rates higher.
``The suicide rate started accelerating in 2008, 2009 and 2010 -- someone might still be working, but their house is underwater, or they’re working but they’re working part-time,'' Eric Caine, the director of the CDC’s Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention, said by telephone. ``These things ripple into families. There’s an economic stress.'' - Bloomberg
Suicide on the Rise in Middle-Age Adults - Yahoo! News
Suicide Rate Rises Sharply in U.S. - NYTimes.comOver the last decade, the rate of suicide among adults ages 35 to 64 increased 28 percent, from 13.7 suicides per 100,000 people in 1999, to 17.6 suicides per 100,000 people in 2010.The greatest increases in suicide rates were among people ages 55 to 59 (a 49 percent increase) and ages 50 to 54 (a 48 percent increase).
More people now die of suicide than in car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the findings in Friday’s issue of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In 2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides.