Data reveals sharp increase in suicide among middle-age Americans

    Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have gone up significantly in the last ten years, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control.

    CDC researchers analyzed mortality data from 1999 – 2010 and found that among Americans between the ages of 35 and 64, the suicide rate increased by 28.4 percent.

    Suicide kills more people than car accidents in that age group, in 2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides.

    In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s behavioral health reporter Maiken Scott, and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss the numbers and potential opportunities for prevention.


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