The rise in suicides of middle-aged men

Published: Monday, May 13 2013 5:45 p.m. MDT

Suicide stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal disturbing rates for middle-aged American men (age 35-64).

W. Bradford Wilcox in an article for The Atlantic, notes that men are “more likely to thrive and survive when they have a job, a wife and a community connection to a church or some other group that grounds their lives.” He examines research that shows when men “get disconnected” from “core institutions” like marriage, religion and work, they are more likely to commit suicide.

And over the last two decades, the men most disconnected from those institutions lack college degrees. Suicide has “surged” among “this group of less-educated middle-aged men, even as suicide remained essentially stable among middle-aged men with college degrees.” Wilcox shows that men with college degrees are more likely to be working and married, and thus have lower rates of suicide.

Matthew is a web producer for DeseretNews.com. Email: mhartvigsen@deseretdigital.com

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