Suicide Among American Adults Soaring, Says CDC


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed last week that the number of American adults who take their own lives jumped dramatically in the first decade of the 21st century.

In a report released last Thursday, the CDC said each of the Nation’s four geographic regions have seen at least a 23 percent increase in suicides, with the rate for some areas and demographic groups soaring well beyond that. In fact, suicides have now surpassed motor vehicle crashes as a cause of death in the United States.

Among age groups, the study, which examined suicides between 1999 and 2010, found that middle-aged Americans between 50 to 54 and 55 to 59 increased the most — 48 percent and 49 percent, respectively. Why? Maybe it’s the economy, the report speculates:

Possible contributing factors for the rise in suicide rates among middle-aged adults include the recent economic downturn (historically, suicide rates tend to correlate with business cycles, with higher rates observed during times of economic hardship); a cohort effect, based on evidence that the “baby boomer” generation had unusually high suicide rates during their adolescent years; and a rise in intentional overdoses associated with the increase in availability of prescription opioids. Additional research is needed to understand the cause of the increase in age-adjusted suicide rates and why the extent of the increase varies across racial/ethnic populations.

In terms of ethnic populations, whites and American Indians represented the greatest increase, with the suicide rate among white people swelling by 40.4 percent; that of American Indians, by 65.2 percent, in just a decade.

The study also provided some morbid details about manner of death: Men prefer guns and hangings, while women used guns and poison. Use of guns in suicides increased by 14 percent, while poison increased by 24 percent. But the rate of people who killed themselves by hanging far outpaced either method, increasing by an astonishing 81 percent.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • peter

    Not so difficult to understand. When Governments make life intolerable for folks and place their own ‘ glory and magnificence ‘ above that of the people they were elected to protect, all hope is gone, people just lose faith and ‘ pop goes the weasel ‘. Shame on us all for being the lowest form of life on the Planet. When our compassion is equal to our greed we may come right, but that is just wishful thinking. It is easier to hate and destroy than to love and care!

    • gullible-white-people

      It is hostile Elite not governments. Japanese, Korean, Singapore governments are doing great for their people. this is not an ideological battle of left vs right, GOP vs Dems, Socialism vs liberty. This is war against White people.

      Why do hostile globalist elite defend Israel as a Jewish ethnostate with Jewish only immigration, but ravage White majority Europe/North America into a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Gulag with dystopian non-White colonization?

      East Asia is 99% yellow. Africa is 90% Black. West Asia is 99% Brown. But 3rd world colonizers, Muslims, Sikhs, Hispanics, are aggressively advancing their agenda by annihilating gullible Whites, just as China annihilates Tibet.

      Why do gullible Whites cuckold for murderous anti-White elite, who confiscate our guns, infiltrate/subvert our banks & espionage agencies, indoctrinate White kids in academia/mass media, plunder White jobs/wages, & butcher White soldiers in bankrupting wars?

      “Native” Americans are not native. They invaded from East Asia. Yellow & Brown races committed 10-times more genocide, slavery, imperialism than Whites. Since Old-Testament, Whites have been victims of Jewish/Crypto-Jewish, Turkic, Muslim, N.African imperialism, slavery, genocide.

      Gullible Whites should reject subversive anti-White ideologies – libertarianism, feminism, liberalism, & reject hostile slanders of racism. Love to all humanity, but White people must organize to advance their interests, their fertility, their homelands. Spread this message. Reading list: , , ,

      • podunk1

        It might help if they took a liberal progressive with them… “togetherness”.

  • Steve E

    I wonder if the suicide rate would go up even more if we were able to expose the deeds of our politicians. I would love to have that theory tested.

    • Farleyagain

      No, Steve, that would produce actual HOPE of a future. And would be a very good thing. Let’s hope Issa and team can get to the actual issue in Benghazi which is “WHO THE HECK COULD HAVE AND DID ORDER THE STAND DOWN?” contrary to normal procedure. Inquiring minds want to know.

      • Farleyagain

        PS I predict someone in Hillary’s staff will end up taking the fall. Obama may try to put it on Hillary, but we know where that order came from!

      • Mike in MI

        Farleyagain –

        Boy oh boy, you hit that one square on it seems to me. The way government (diplomats) and military ops work there must be an order either way (“Go!”, or “Stand steady.”) to do or not do anything. The more important the situation/crisis = the higher up the line the order must come from.

        Ergo, this decision could NEVER have come from a low level staff lackey. It came from very high on the pecker order. Furthermore, don’t forget that every time someone has asked questions about how Obama can constantly be off golfing, vacationing, hooping or on his way to one or the other we never fail to get the response from the messiah’s (no, madhi-in-training’s) apologists that he is always (technology being what is is today) working, always available to his highest co-conspirators.

        • Mike in MI

          OOPS – Forgot to indicate that I was referring Not to suicide, but to our president’s and sec’y of state’s actions regarding Benghazi. It’s just dominating my thinking as being influential in lots of things people might do.

  • Robert Wolfe

    Maybe it’s the economy? Maybe it’s the fact that the biggest increase is in the age range that were given a cancer causing monkey virus along with the polio vaccine. Perhaps what we’re seeing is something the virus causes besides cancer. There are many examples of viral and bacterial behavioral control in the animal kingdom. Man is not above such things.

    • Mike in MI

      O-O-O-o-oh, Robert –
      That’s a tremendous insight and exceedingly cogent potential cause of LOTS OF THINGS. It could even include such traits as malfeasance, madness, narcissism and megalomania in high government positions.

      We have every possible reason to pray constantly for God’s protection, assistance, and ability to “lead quiet and peaceable lives in all Godliness and honesty (simplicity)”.

      • Robert Wolfe

        SV40, the simian virus that causes cancer was only one of over 40 viruses the vaccines were contaminated with, so there’d be room to fit some of those other traits in there too. Since the monkey’s don’t talk, they can’t tell us what ails them, we can only observe behaviors, some of which may be too subtle for use to note and catalog. I think it weird the government has done naught about it, but maybe they have a cure, only available to a select few. Right of you to get religion in there too, biblically such things were known as unclean spirits or demons.

  • Chester

    Most likely it is years without a job, no hope of finding a job, and now no unemployment or welfare to help support you. Not a lot of people handle homelessness, or even the idea of BEING homeless, all that well, and with NO income, that is where they are headed. Don’t suppose many of you have noticed that the only people being hired for new jobs are those who already HAVE a job? No one wants to hire you if you have been out of work for more than two or three months.

    • Mike in MI

      Well, Chet –
      I think that is accurate in most instances except for that class of job seekers who can write good enough (while suspending all reason and personal integrity) to qualify and get hired as trolls, shills, goobers and propagandists for the administration to come here and display their desperation.

  • teedub295

    I suspect it has something to do with the explosion of narcissism in our culture. When things go badly for these people, they are unable to overcome hardship.

    • rendarsmith

      I think you are on to something my friend.

  • rendarsmith

    And the majority is always males. I wonder why that is….

  • lraivala

    I guess I am a little surprised at the concern for suicide, I thought foresure they would look at it like a very late term abortion? what is the difference between these 2 topics? Nothing, You have a woman who is making a health choice and now you have an adult making a health choice.. If someone wants to off his self why are they up in arms about it, when the same thing is happening everyday by the thousands in abortion clinics around this country.

  • Michael Shreve

    I wonder what the suicide rate is among men who lost their jobs, ESPECIALLY those now dependent on their wives.

  • ChuckS123

    I wonder if anti-depressant drugs are a factor. A large percent of school violence involves them. I also heard that our military people are given a lot of anti-depressants. They’re probably also widespread in the general population.

  • Native Blood

    I believe that a lt of people giving up on life is the death of the American dream.

    Most Americans grow up hopeful of property ownership. That being a home owner, car owner, wage earner, investor, and producing enough for the kids to get a start on life by educational assistance. It is all basic progression for a person to strive for those goals. Some do very well, even through hardship. Career changes, upgrading your education to meet the challenges of competition and promotion is very competitive. When corporations send your resources across the ocean, hire in non citizens and feed, medicate and educate them on your dime, this contributes to stress and hardship on those trying to maintain a liveable wage. Further, today’s generation of children (our future) have virtually nothing to look forward to anymore. Inheritances such as a home, savings, and other gifts traditionally passed to to those kids are now trumped by a severed economy, rising cost to healthcare and reverse mortgaging diminishes this even further just to jet grandpa treated for his newly diagnosed cancer or renal failure, or heart failure. Very expensive and this drains any saving account in sure rapidity regardless of how good that Aetna policy should have been. This could make a otherwise happy senior citizen make a choice between surviving a medical procedure as a pauper or checking out early to give some life insurance to the survivors.

    Might sound sad, might sound funny but that’s what people do for money!(last sentence was a part of Divine Sound’s lyric) But a truism. We cannot blame Obama for all these woes on the American public. He is totally powerless to improve these conditions at all. We have most of all this to blame on ourselves for not seeing what really could not be seen. It’s too late to stop the evil now. The damage has been done. Hopelessness has truly set in and the trouble with people finally waking up is that they see no solution to their future woes. So, if you can handle the truth you must be willing to fight one way or the other to regain hope and peace. Most will see that it really is too late to undo the damage done to our republic and they are doing what they feel is the only way out. When enough patriots are able to assemble and affect change, many more lives will be lost to suicide or just flat giving up on the American dream. Where did it go? How could this happen to so many who only wanted to live free and make a life for their heirs? God help us all.