WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) from CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Suicide Rates Increase Among Middle-Aged Americans |
Suicide deaths have surpassed deaths from motor vehicle crashes in recent years in the United States (U.S.). In 2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides. According to a CDC report released today, suicide rates in adults between the ages of 35 and 64 increased 28% between 1999 and 2010 while suicide rate changes for younger and older groups were comparatively small.
Prevention efforts should address the needs of middle-aged adults. Strategies may include enhancing social support and connections within the community, improving access to mental health care, and reducing the stigma associated with seeking help. Other possible strategies include helping adults overcome financial challenges, job loss, the stress of caregiving roles, and their own health problems.