Suicide Rates among Financially Stressed Middle-Aged Americans Have Increased by 40 Percent

February 27, 2015 8:53 PM

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Suicide Rates among Financially Stressed Middle-Aged Americans Have Increased by 40 Percent

Suicide has become a popular recourse among middle-aged Americans who are struggling to meet ends met. The rates increased by almost 40% beginning in 1990. A was study published Friday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine links that upswing to the economic debacle 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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