America's Suicide Rate Is At Its Highest In 30 Years

Submitted by: fancylad 1 year ago in Science
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The suicide rate in the United States has risen sharply to the highest levels in almost 30 years, particularly among women and middle-age Americans, according to federal data released Friday. The only number that stayed low was with older adults.

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According to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released their study today, suicides for middle-aged women (45 to 640, jumped by 63 percent over the duration of the study, while it rose by 43 percent for men in the same age range, the sharpest increase for males of any age. The overall suicide rate rose by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014.

The New York Times really spreads out the numbers and digs deep -- it's worth a read. And if you're contemplating suicide, go talk to someone you trust or go make a phone call to people who know how to help.

There are 12 comments:
Male 72
Trump will fix it.
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Male 40,247
Worldwide comparison, that's not so bad. Japan is higher
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Female 4,592
22 US veterans take their own lives every day.
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Male 7,123
Is that signifficantly higher than the national average for that demographic?
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Male 941
I'm 42 and feel like killing myself some days. Getting old sucks. So I can understand why the 640 year olds would want to keel over.
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Male 1,891
If someone really wants to check out, let them. We all have our limits.
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Male 3,733
a 16 year old kid bullied at school should have the chance to see life can be better before they jump off a bridge.
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Male 1,936
That really sucks that the rate has jumped so much among women aged 45-640. Just think of all the poor 640 year old ladies killing themselves! Yes, I know, a typo, but I just couldn't help myself! Also, and I know that I am starting a flame war against myself, if you are truly STUPID! enough to kill yourself, please, be my guest! Some situations, yes, I can understand, like a terminal illness or some such. But for a healthy person to kill themselves because they lack the balls to take life on life's terms, I have absolutely no sympathy. Most suicide attempts (defined as "tried but didn't die") are fake anyway. Most who really intend to kill themselves succeed. The vast majority of "attempts" are intended to manipulate others, nothing more. For example, "look at how much I love you, I'm willing to kill myself if I can't have you! Won't you take me back now that you see how much I need you?" Thats a very common theme. These kinds of things are why although I am a volunteer medic, I refuse to respond to "attempted suicide" calls. It will get real ugly real fast with any family present when I ask the "victim" what the problem was, were they too stupid to know how to do it correctly? Yes, I'm an asshole, and have absolutely no patience with stupidity. Flame away!
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Male 7,123
Not going to flame. Just give you lie direct.
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Male 3,733
"Although I am a volunteer medic, i refuse to respond to "attempted suicide" calls." how dare you? you are a sick and disgusting human being. people who want to kill themselves, even people who claim to want to kill themselves for the attention, need help. how dare you turn away from some one in need of help. people who are sick in the head need help just as much as people who are physically sick or injured. i pity you.
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Male 584
boooo... your one of those "internet shamers". you people are discusting
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Male 7,774
It'll be the intelligent ones. They have their eyes open and can see what's coming.
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