Suicides Rise Among Baby Boomers
Up 28% among 35- to 64-year olds
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 3, 2013 4:35 AM CDT
Updated May 3, 2013 5:12 AM CDT
The suicide rate has soared up among middle-aged Americans, says a new report.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Suicide rates jumped 28% among 35- to 64-year-old Americans between 1999 and 2010, a CDC report finds. The figure climbed from 13.7 per 100,000 people to 17.6 per 100,000. Among middle-aged men, there were 27.3 suicides per 100,000, compared to 8.1 among women, the New York Times notes. In 2010, some 38,000 people committed suicide, more than the 35,000 who died in car accidents, NPR reports—even as suicides are "vastly underreported," says an expert.

There are a number of possible reasons for the increase, according to the CDC. One is the economic downturn. Another is the ease with which baby boomers can obtain prescription painkillers, the Times notes. It's also possible that baby boomers are simply continuing a generational trend: They had a higher suicide rate as teenagers than did earlier generations of teens. The rate of suffocation—largely through hanging—climbed more than any other suicide method, the report found, though firearm use and poison were up, too.

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backpath2
May 6, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
Well, let's see if a little history can clarify things. For most of human history, we lived in small groups, following animal migrations and weather changes. We depended on each other for survival. Everybody mattered, nobody was unimportant or left out. There was no money, and no profit motive. Selfishness was seen as destructive of the family, the clan, the tribe. Now look what "progress" has brought us to replace this ancient pattern. Selfishness is now a virtue. We are taught to take, not to give. We must get what's ours before someone else gets it. When you go down, those around you shake their heads at your "weakness", and walk on. We don't know who we are, or where we came from. We're content to ingest the propaganda fed to us. We think selfishness is a virtue, and indifference is strength. No wonder many folks reach critical mass, and decide to check out of hotel nightmare.
vlad
May 5, 2013 12:06 PM CDT
you think there`s any chance that our crappy economy and a government that seems set on collapse would possibly be the problem ?
fractal
May 4, 2013 6:03 PM CDT
Most of my relatives on both sides of my family have had devastating cardiovascular incidents, when they are in their early to mid seventies. They are debilitated enough to have to have round the clock care in a nursing home---for years. I see no reason to go that route, and am happy that I know the probable timeline. I am prepared to take control of my own destiny, and die on my terms, before I am unable to walk to the medicine cabinet for the pills.