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New CDC Report Says Suicides Up Among Middle Aged

5/3/2013

A new report shows some alarming new statistics about suicide and middle-aged Americans.

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The CDC reports that in 2010 the number of across the board suicides surpassed deaths from motor vehicle crashes. The report shows 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes compared to 38,364 suicides. The report says annual suicide rates among adults between the ages of 35 and 64 jumped 28% from 1999 to 2010.

The highest increase in the number of suicides were among non-Hispanic white males in their low to mid 50s. The report also shows suicide by hanging/suffocation increased by 81 percent compared to a 14-percent increase by firearm and 24-percent by poisoning.

The reports also shows men are most likely to opt for death by suffocation and firearms while women veer toward poisoning or firearms. Ultimately, the report concludes that more focus should be spent on suicide prevention among the middle-aged.

Felicity Kelcourse is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.  Kelcourse says immediate couseling for the severely depressed and suicidal is the best course of action.  She says men can be depressed for a variety of reasons including veteran status or job loss.  Kelcourse says men traditionally do not share their feelings which can make counseling more challenging.

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