Steep Rise in Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans, CDC Says

Rate rose by 28 percent since 1999; recession may have played a role, experts say

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Other findings:

  • The biggest increases in suicide rates were among people aged 50 to 54 years old (48 percent) and 55 to 59 years old (49 percent).
  • Suicide rates rose by 23 percent or more in all four major regions of the country.
  • Suicide rates increased 81 percent for hanging/suffocation, 24 percent for poisoning and 14 percent for guns.

To collect the data the CDC relied on its web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System.

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For more information on suicide, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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