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Suicide Rates for Middle-Aged Americans Rises


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - A report released Thursday details the findings of suicide rates in the Untied States. The group of people most at risk isn't necessarily what you might think.

The rate for middle-aged Americans increased significantly.


Sarah Sabin, clinical manager at Lifeways Community Mental Health, says one reason the suicide rate for middle-aged Americans went up was the recession. "That population, one of the things we're noticing is those invididuals, they're losing their jobs, they're losing their livelihood. You know, a lot of us our work it's tied to our self-esteem," she said.

Sabin points to the generations' history as another possible reason. "The baby boomers as teens, they had a higher suicide as teens than previous generations. So it may be that we're seeing that tendency following them as they have aged."



According to the report from the Centers for Disease Control, the suicide rate for Americans 35 to 64 increased 28 percent. The rate for men in their early 50s was almost 50 percent higher than previously reported. The suicide rate for women in their 60s jumped even higher to nearly 60 percent.


The suicide rate for people age 35 to 64 who live in the state jumped 42 percent. For this age group, suicide is now the fourth leading cause of death, ranking behind cancer, heart disease and car accidents.


If you need help or know of someone that does, you can call Lifeways' 24-hour crisis hotline at 800-284-8288. Lifeways is also holding a two day class next month to teach people how to recognize when someone may be going through a hard time.

You can find links to this and other suicide prevention information on Seen on 6.

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