Economic downturn linked to uptick in suicide rates among adults

February 27, 2015 4:03 PM

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Economic downturn linked to uptick in suicide rates among adults

Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have climbed by nearly 40 percent since 1999, and a study published Friday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine links that uptick to the economic downturn of 2007 to 2009.

"Relative to other age groups, a larger and increasing proportion of middle-aged suicides have circumstances associated with job, financial, or legal distress and are completed using suffocation," study authors Katherine A. Hempstead, PhD, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in Princeton...

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