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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:23 PM


US suicide rate up 16% 2000-2010, up faster since recession

US Suicides Increased 16 Percent from 2000 to 2010

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- From 2000 to 2010, the overall U.S. suicide rate increased, mainly due to increases in suicide by hanging/suffocation and poisoning, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine...

The researchers found that the overall suicide rate increased 16 percent during the study period, from 10.4 to 12.1 per 100,000 population. The increase was largely attributable to rises in the number of suicide by hanging/suffocation (52 percent) and by poisoning (19 percent). In all age groups, except those aged 70 year and older, there was a steady increase in suicide by hanging/suffocation, with the largest increase (104 percent) among those aged 45 to 59 years. The largest increase in suicide by poisoning was 85 percent and occurred among those aged 60 to 69 years. There was a 24 percent decrease in suicide by firearm among those aged 15 to 24 years, while there was a 22 percent increase among those aged 45 to 59 years...


Increase Seen in U.S. Suicide Rate Since Recession

The rate of suicide in the United States rose sharply during the first few years since the start of the recession, a new analysis has found.

In the report, which appeared Sunday on the Web site of The Lancet, a medical journal, researchers found that the rate between 2008 and 2010 increased four times faster than it did in the eight years before the recession. The rate had been increasing by an average of 0.12 deaths per 100,000 people from 1999 through 2007. In 2008, the rate began increasing by an average of 0.51 deaths per 100,000 people a year. Without the increase in the rate, the total deaths from suicide each year in the United States would have been lower by about 1,500, the study said.

The finding was not unexpected. Suicide rates often spike during economic downturns, and recent studies of rates in Greece, Spain and Italy have found similar trends. The new study is the first to analyze the rate of change in the United States state by state, using suicide and unemployment data through 2010.

“The magnitude of these effects is slightly larger than for those previously estimated in the United States,” the authors wrote. That might mean that this economic downturn has been harder on mental health than previous ones, the authors concluded.

The research team linked the suicide rate to unemployment...Every rise of 1 percent in unemployment was accompanied by an increase in the suicide rate of roughly 1 percent, it found.


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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:28 PM

1. We are forced to live within systems that inhibit our ability to enjoy and find fulfillment


I wonder what the mental health impacts of climate change will be. I can't imagine they'll be any better than economic problems.

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:08 PM

2. And I am afraid it may get worse if the economy doesn't pick up for more of us. Very sad thought. nt

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