Suicide rates up among middle-aged Americans


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

Disturbing new numbers show a troubling trend.

Suicide rates are up sharply among an American population many hadn't expected:  the middle aged.  The number rose 28-percent over a ten-year period.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not see a significant increase in other age groups.  This leaves many asking, why?

Some theorize the bad economy, or prevalence of prescription drug abuse.

Other suggest it's because suicide prevention usually targets teens or the elderly.

Micah Thompson, at Four Rivers Behavorial Health, says that age group is dealing with a lot of stress.

"The middle aged have just kind of been left out, and when you think about it, people in that middle age bracket from 34 to 65 are the ones dealing with a lot of the marital issues, divorces, job losses or changes in their health," Thompson, a clinical practitioner, said.

If you, or someone you know, are feeling suicidal, 24-hour help is available through a variety of hotlines.

In this region, Four Rivers Behavioral Health can get you in touch with a local therapist during business hours, or by calling one in after hours.