Suicides rates are increasing in the United States and this dynamic is most likely caused by the economic context. The recession has prompted money related anxiety, which may, in turn, drive people to resort to suicide. The highest suicide rates are registered among middle- aged men. According to a recent study the overall for adults between 40 and 64 years old in the United States has increased by 40% since 1999.
The study, distributed in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, uncovered that financial factors were behind in 37.5% of all ‘successful’ suicides in 2010, climbing from 32.9% in 2005.
Katherine A. Hempstead, who is one of the creators of the study, notes that compared to other age groups, a bigger and growing number of middle-aged suicides are connected with occupation, money related or legal issue and are committed through suffocation. Hempstead further added:
“The sharpest increase in external circumstances appears to be temporally related to the worst years of the Great Recession, consistent with other work showing a link between deteriorating economic conditions and suicide. … Financial difficulties related to the loss of retirement savings in the stock market crash may explain some of this trend.”
As indicated by analysts, the sharp increment in suicide rate can be the consequence the financial downturn of 2007-2009. They outcomes of the study are based on information from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The researchers reviewed 17 different suicide circumstances, with four pointers connected to intent and planning.
Suffocation, which is more prone to be used as suicide method when the desire to give up life is associated with occupation, financial, or legal causes , expanded lopsidedly among the middle-aged. The research found that the number of suicides involving suffocation climbed by 59.5% among those aged 40-64 years from 2005 to 2010, contrasted with 18.0% for those aged 15-39 years and 27.2% for those over 65 years old.
The suicide contexts were divided into three top classifications: personal, interpersonal, and external.
Personal causes include a state of depression, undergoing a treatment for a mental issue, or alcohol addiction. Cases of Interpersonal circumstances are issues with life partners, the passing of a friend, or domestic violence. Outer circumstances are a job or monetary issue, legal issue, or trouble in school.
The authors of the study further mentioned that job loss, bankruptcy, foreclosure and other economic issues should receive more attention when it comes to suicide causes. As such, they advise that workers assistance programs, state and local job agencies, credit advisers and others who interact with those experiencing financial issues ought to pay more attention and observe people at risk of committing suicide and report their concerns.
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