Rising suicide rates
June 20, 2013
The suicide rate is rising in the United States. Today deaths from suicide outnumber those from traffic accidents. According to a recent CDC report the steepest increase was among middle-aged Americans, climbing 50 percent for men in their 50s from 1999 to 2010. But suicides among veterans still outnumber any other group. So why are so many Americans choosing to end their lives – is it the bad economy or increasing social isolation? And how do we intervene before it’s too late. Marty talks with THOMAS JOINER, Professor of Psychology at Florida State University and the author of “Why People Die by Suicide,” SUSAN ROGERS, a director at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, and JONATHAN SINGER, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Temple University where he researches youth suicide and family-based interventions.