Suicide up among middle-aged Americans, but why?

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  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    May 17, 2013 3:19 a.m.

    People with money, career and fame commit suicide all the time. Get out and help others, volunteer, travel to truly poor countries. Stop the pity partying and keeping up with the Jones'. This isn't the cure for all curcumstances obviously, but it beats the selfish sell-out.

    And yes, Truthseeker, Utah has had big problems in this area that it won't deal with.

  • Barb Wire USA, UT
    May 15, 2013 9:42 p.m.

    There is no doubt that the higher suicide rate among this age group is tied to the recession and financial turmoil in this once great nation. In the eighties and nineties, good paying jobs were plentiful. Now jobs are not plentiful and pay much lower. College graduates with degrees are living in poverty because they can't find a job they were educated for. We have no one to blame but ourselves for letting our government become so corrupt and greedy. Things will certainly get worse...

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    May 15, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    Some cite "reasons" as being caused by outside issues, when suicide itself is usually a symptom of just one thing: Depression. Sadness can build to depression as one disaster after another lands upon ones head, but once depression is cured, it's a lot easier to deal with the other difficulties. I speak from many years of experience, thankful my own depression has been gone for nearly five years without a need for antidepressants. Believe me, having to switch meds every two years is alone enough to make you feel crazy.

    If you or someone you know is depressed, seek help. Hint: you may do better at the health food store or Costco than with a psychiatrist, though they, too, have their place. Thinking depression will "go away by itself" or "can be prayed away with enough faith" was not true in my case. Thinking "happy thoughts" doesn't work either. Why? Because Depression is caused by a complex series of internal issues, and I'm not talking about "the mind" or "mental illness" but thyroid, hormonal, brain chemistry or other physical problems. There are solutions for everyone. Never give up. Never surrender to suicide. It only makes things worse.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    May 15, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    Gee, let's see....

    40-60 year olds had their careers outsourced and off-shored,
    Had their entire life's savings vaporized and wiped out in the Bush Recession,
    Can't take a job making 1/2 the pay they used to by living at home with Mom & Dad,
    There is no longer a MIDDLE class for the Middle Aged in America.


    South Salt Lake, UT

    My daughter and I are about to publish a book that is meant to do just that.

    [I hope you have addressed the higher rate of SSRI anti-depressant medications i your book, which help most -- but actually CAUSE and increase the risk of suicide. The FDA has even required a black-box warning label on each and ever box stating so.]

  • Lentzeh South Salt Lake, UT
    May 15, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    No, Truthseeker, faith and a stable family are very strong protective factors. Your reasoning doesn't look very deep at the facts, such as studies that show that those who have a strong religious faith that values life, including LDS, are much less likely to die by suicide than those who don't. Most of the mountain states are significantly higher than other states, so religion is not the cause of those higher rates. You have to take a deeper look at the sub groups in those states to determine why. But all these studies show that it is important for us to build stronger faith paradigms, stronger families and other healthy support systems for more of those who suffer from suicidality. We can save more lives no matter where suffers live or what circumstances they live in.

    My daughter and I are about to publish a book that is meant to do just that. We have studied these things in deeper detail and hope that many will find greater strength and peace as they read the stories in our book. There is a better way to find solutions to the struggles we face than to give in to suicide.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    May 15, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    My personal belief is the unstability in the workforce. There are no secure jobs, even when you have one. I remember when I got word of my first lay off, having had a quality education and having seen my own parents more or less work secure jobs their whole lives, that sense of dread and hopelessness. I had NEVER before (despite many personal problems) considered suicide even within the realm of possibilities, but I was so down at one point, I suddenly realized I could empathize with those who do. You just feel so completely worthless. If you think about it, men have very few ways to judge their self-worth.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 15, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    Why does UT consistently rank in the top 10 of states with most suicides?

    It kinda negates the "faith" and "family" theory doesn't it?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 15, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    I read the headline and thought the cause would be BO's hopeless change or the fact that we are trying to drive God out of our society.

    I read the article and found both my assumptions to be causes cited in the article.

  • Nosea Forest Grove, OR
    May 15, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    Throw people out of work in mass, blatantly discriminate against those older than fifty, and basically give those in their fifties who are often singled out over frivolous matters no hope of ever climbing out of the deep pit they are thrown into, and what do you expect? I don't need a study to tell me that suicide would increase under such circumstances, and their is a whole lot more anxiety and ruined lives that these statistics do not even come close to capturing.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    May 15, 2013 6:32 a.m.

    After listening to someone talk about their problems makes what I thought was bad, seam not so bad after all. some one to Listen is all we need but everyone needs to talk. I don't want to pay to have someone listen. Just seems wrong.