From 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate among Americans ages 35 to 64 rose by nearly 30 percent, to 17.6 deaths per 100,000 population, up from 13.7. The suicide rate for middle-age men was 27.3 deaths per 100,000, while for women it was 8.1 deaths per 100,000.
The most pronounced increases were seen among men in their 50s, a group in which suicide rates jumped by nearly 50 percent.
Historically, suicide rates rise during times of financial stress and economic setbacks. “The increase does coincide with a decrease in financial standing for a lot of families over the same time period,” said Dr. Arias.
If you have any experience with suicide, especially where there is the possibility that it might have been an accident, you probably understand mixed feelings. That happens to me anytime there's a story or a movie or a whatever that pushes the question into your face.
Perhaps that explains my views on the matter: that people ought to be free to kill themselves without explanation, that getting help from a physician to do just that is a just and honest thing.
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