Suicides almost double among 50-somethings
May 3rd, 2013
10:48 AM ET

Suicides almost double among 50-somethings

Teen suicides often get the most media attention - tragic stories like that of Canadian teen Amanda Todd remind us that depression is a serious mental health issue for adolescents. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows more attention needs to be directed at preventing suicide in adults as well.

Between 1999 and 2010, suicides in the 35-to-64 age group increased 28.4%, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Suicides among people aged 50 to 59 years old specifically almost doubled during that time period.

More than 38,000 Americans killed themselves in 2010; that's more than double those who were killed in a homicide that same year, according to the CDC. In 2009, the number of deaths from suicide in the United States surpassed the number of deaths from motor vehicle crashes for the first time.

“Suicide is a tragedy that is far too common,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a statement. “This report highlights the need to expand our knowledge of risk factors so we can build on prevention programs that prevent suicide.”

Suicide rates in this age group were highest among American Indians and Alaska Natives, according to the report. The next biggest increase was seen in whites. Among American Indians and Alaska Natives, the suicide rate for women jumped 81.4%; for men it was a 59.5% increase.

The three most common suicide methods were firearms, poisoning and suffocation.

Nobody has data yet on why suicides are increasing in this age group, says Lanny Berman, executive director of the American Association of Suicidology. "But the working assumption is that it's related to the economic recession."

The 2007 recession affected middle-aged males more than any other demographic, he says. Job loss and other financial difficulties can lead to depression.

We're probably never going to have a causal explanation for the growing suicide rate, Berman says, but future research may be able to show specific trends that were occurring side-by-side during the same time period.

If you or a loved one needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit Suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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  1. Jack

    The only things keeping me living is to be able to see how the ultra-rich wall street mortgage fraudsters react to the heLL that's coming soon to this corrupt country where people, because they have lots of money, can commit mortgage fraud and not be prosecuted. That and the fact that I work out everyday just so I can pee on the graves of my enemies that are lucky enough to live longer than their loved ones.

    May 4, 2013 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SAWolf

      Hate is a lousy reason to survive.

      May 4, 2013 at 10:27 | Report abuse |
    • susan ab

      what the heck is the picture that CNN decided to mate with this article??
      a selfie?
      a call for restaurant reservations?
      one last look to see if the stocks situation got any better?

      May 4, 2013 at 10:34 | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Can you stay on the topic just once?

      May 4, 2013 at 10:44 | Report abuse |
    • Logikflux

      Whatever keeps you going dude!

      May 4, 2013 at 11:16 | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      "Whatever gets you through the night is all right, all right."

      May 4, 2013 at 12:27 | Report abuse |
    • Ana

      Jack – find something to love, find a passion. Find something to care about more than your life.
      Rescue animals, help disabled vets, something. Do something dangerous, do something passionate.
      Look for things to fill up your voids. Don't give up.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:31 | Report abuse |
    • PigBodine

      It is good to have a goal.

      May 4, 2013 at 13:01 | Report abuse |
    • neb

      Jack won't even be allowed in the cemeteries where successful people are buried (unless he's a ditch digger which is very possible).

      May 4, 2013 at 13:34 | Report abuse |
    • wrm

      hilarious. You're going to spend your whole life p'ssin' and moanin' and thinking you're clever while the rest of the world gets on with itself and doesn't care one bit what you do.

      May 4, 2013 at 14:46 | Report abuse |
    • dt

      Yours is a symptom of a bigger problem. So are the younger people that wish to blame "boomers" for wrong choices. The real problem is the inherent fallacy of capitalist utopia. Capitalism by definition is survival of the fittest. Unfortunately the purchased political system finds it convenient to feed on those who are not the fittest. The model described here is destined for a huge train wreck. It almost happened in 2008, but everyones' taxes bailed the fiat monetary system out. When you build a country's wealth on vapor (fiat money) eventually it all goes up in a poof. It isn't that we have not had a good run, this republic has lasted 237 years which is close to a record for any governing system. Eventually all empires become over burdened, over extended, and under funded. That is when it all crumbles. I wont take any bets, but I am guessing the end of this society in its current form is near.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
  2. Paul

    If I needed to at retirement age I would at least try bank robbey as a last resort, before suicide, to try to get the money back from the people on wall street banks that took 40% on average of everyone's retirement savings. And they won't be prosecuted the way you would. If you get caught they don't put old people into as bad of prisons as younger people. For old people that can't afford a decent standard of living prison offers free medical, dental, room and board and it would beat suicide. Plus you might would get some kind of rehabilitation.

    May 4, 2013 at 10:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      Blah blah blah.

      The stock market is at an all time high. I have more money than I ever did. What are you complaining about?

      May 4, 2013 at 10:47 | Report abuse |
    • DisbarredAgain

      You must have done something stupid like pulled all your money out of the stock market when it sunk to its lowest. The market goes up, the market goes down. Don't try to time it. It's now at an all time high. If people were stupid enough to buy high and sell low, you can't really blame anybody else for that.

      May 4, 2013 at 11:33 | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Hemlock

      Go ahead and try prison, let us know how that works out for you. May god have mercy on your backside too.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:14 | Report abuse |
    • John

      Gee, maybe they had to pull their money out of the stock market when it was low so they could buy food after losing their jobs. Maybe they had to pull money out to keep from losing their homes. Lots of reasons to pull money out. Maybe they had to pull it out to keep their businesses going after their unemployment taxes quadrupled.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:29 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Your IP should be traced and you should be arrested or at least detained and questioned just for saying that. You will scare the bejesus out of some poor young teller who will be traumatized for life just bc you are an ignorant psycho.

      May 4, 2013 at 16:42 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Ok fine, so there were reasons to pull the money out. Whatever, purely your problem. I would love for my bank acct to only rise and rise. But I have to withdraw money for rent, food, gas etc. though there really is no "etc" bc I know happiness will never come from material garbage which is wholly unnecessary. And it ALL is except for housing, food and transportation.

      May 4, 2013 at 16:45 | Report abuse |
  3. PILLS

    I blame it on prescription pills. Benzodiazapines, and opiates for the most part, addiction to these two things can grab a hold of any one, no matter how intelligent, or well adjusted. And doctors hand them out like skittles for certain "conditions". I think alot of my (younger) generation will also start dropping dead around 35, 40 from heart disease. Adderall is a hard drug.

    May 4, 2013 at 10:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • James

      i blame it on life. Pure and simple.

      May 4, 2013 at 10:50 | Report abuse |
    • Logikflux

      They definitely prolonged my life. Even if I die from Benzos and Anti-depressants, I will have lived longer than I would have without them.

      May 4, 2013 at 11:18 | Report abuse |
    • Milli Vanilli

      I blame it on the rain.

      May 4, 2013 at 14:24 | Report abuse |
  4. SAWolf

    The boomers made the wrong choices. Sedentary lifestyle and processed food correlates to chronic disease and pharmaceuticals to treat the symptoms.

    May 4, 2013 at 10:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Buddy Holly

      Soon you will be the same age as the Boomers and will wonder why the younger generations blame everything on your generation. But for now, enjoy your self-centerness.

      May 4, 2013 at 11:35 | Report abuse |
    • wrm

      x2 re Buddy H.

      Don't be such a cliche'

      May 4, 2013 at 14:47 | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Hemlock

      Should have smoked weed!

      May 4, 2013 at 15:15 | Report abuse |
  5. susan ab

    susan ab
    what the heck is the picture that CNN decided to mate with this article??
    a selfie?
    a call for restaurant reservations?
    one last look to see if the stocks situation got any better?

    May 4, 2013 at 10:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Edward

      Suicide? There's an app for that.

      May 4, 2013 at 11:39 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      It's a wealthy white man. Because, as the article states, suicide is highest among impoverished Native Americans. So, um, that's the connection.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:56 | Report abuse |
  6. Vik100

    This is what happens when you remove God from your life. No hope is left.

    May 4, 2013 at 10:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      Some of us are not so weak-minded that we need an imaginary friend.

      May 4, 2013 at 10:45 | Report abuse |
    • keb carerra

      That is hardly the case . Removing "god" from your life can be a good thing . You might actually begin to think for yourself and decide for yourself what is true and real . Only in your bible do virgins give birth etc. The bible is NOT "the word of God ". Please study further if you are caught in the cult called christianity .

      May 4, 2013 at 11:05 | Report abuse |
    • sistahsilvah

      You are soo right! I am in my 50s, and if it were not for the Lord I would have ended my life decades ago.
      Psalms 94: 17-19 If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, "My foot slips," Your STEADFAST LOVE, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, Your consolations cheer my soul. If we would only put ALL of our hope in God's steadfast love, we will NEVER be so despondent that we would want to end our lives, but want to live another day to witness God proving how real and faithful He is!

      May 4, 2013 at 11:16 | Report abuse |
    • Logikflux

      My father had a strong belief in God and committed suicide on this day last year, and falls into this demographic. He killed himself by shooting himself in the heart. I don't think the two had much to do with each other, besides a strong conviction that he was going to a better place. Not everything is about your agenda.

      May 4, 2013 at 11:22 | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      Sure thing. Everything will be better as soon as you die. Right?

      May 4, 2013 at 12:30 | Report abuse |
    • Seyedibar

      gods wold have to first exist to be removed. Stop viewing the world like a caveman.

      May 4, 2013 at 13:14 | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Hemlock

      The big magic show will make it all better right? LOL!

      May 4, 2013 at 15:16 | Report abuse |
  7. Brad

    No one should have to die. Ever.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jarod

      Do you have any suggestions about how to avoid death ?

      May 4, 2013 at 11:11 | Report abuse |
    • Logikflux

      Meh, I don't mind. I was dead for 4.6 billion years before I was alive, and I don't mind. I suspect I will not mind after I am dead.

      May 4, 2013 at 11:23 | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      Agreed. That's why I consume the souls of my enemies. Tastes good and keeps you healthy!

      May 4, 2013 at 12:27 | Report abuse |
    • martin

      Log, you don't know you were dead for 4.6 mil years before you were alive. maybe you were a butterfly or jack russel terrier or some creature with ragged claws under the sea.

      May 4, 2013 at 13:21 | Report abuse |
    • Logikflux

      Martin, Damn Gina! You might be right!

      May 4, 2013 at 14:50 | Report abuse |
    • John C.

      You are right Brad. Life is a very sick situation.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:25 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      That would be a horrible situation for some. I would never want eternal life. I view life as basically a somewhat tedious, joyless chore which I tolerate bc I know it will be over in a few decades or tomorrow.

      May 4, 2013 at 16:16 | Report abuse |
  8. J Robinson

    Hate and vengeance have begun to shape our society in unfortunate ways due to people spewing venomous words or actions simply because they didn't get to retire as wealthy as they expected. If you are still able, get off your self centered @ss and do something useful for those less fortunate than you.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Baby Boomer

      Didn't get to retire as wealthy as expected? Some people have worked all their lives and still can't afford to retire. I suggest you take your venom and hate elsewhere.

      May 4, 2013 at 11:14 | Report abuse |
    • Logikflux

      J Robinson, Amen. It's not venom and hate. It's a suggestion that would bring you some happiness if some people would give it a try. Service to others, and helping improve other people's lives can bring satisfaction that cannot be had elsewhere. If you have nothing to give, give your time.

      May 4, 2013 at 11:28 | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      @jrob: try telling that mindless crap to an 80 year old woman cleaning offices all night.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:32 | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Hemlock

      And if you're the less fortunate? How does that work?

      May 4, 2013 at 15:17 | Report abuse |
    • Mary Jane Coleman

      Getting off your 'self-centered a$$' and helping others does not change the facts. Why do you assume that because some people are honest about their feelings concerning what has happened to the middle-class, that they are "self-centered"? There are too many people in this country with way too much money, and too many people in this country with way too little money. Don't bother me with dribble about hard work, perseverance, education, etc. Most of it is nothing more than luck.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:31 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Mary Jane, you sound like someone hitting the wacky tobacci. It is all luck? No, actually CEOs make big bucks bc they have mba's from great schools. The min wage worker does not. Very simple really. A matter of work ethic and education. That is all, no luck or perhaps a little, but mainly,overwhelmingly work ethic and level of education.

      May 4, 2013 at 16:19 | Report abuse |
  9. Susan

    The article states that we can't identify "causal information", but anecdotal information is richly available from the 50+ sector, if someone would ask. In our 40s, companies kicked us out of retirement plans to 401Ks (with some matching), so we began savings like mad, having a late start at getting together this investment "egg" we'd need. The Government moved our retirement age back for Social Security from 65 to 67. Just when we thought we might make it to retirement, the *@(!_& Wall Street investment bankers created a 10-year financial crisis where many lost homes, lost health insurance, were laid off, had children move back in, went back to work from retirement, and consumed all our savings to avoid losing everything. THIS IS NOT A MYSTERY WHY WE'D KILL OURSELVES. Fortunately, we Baby Boomers carry a lot of voter clout due to our numbers, so please don't kill yourself!!!! Change the situation.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DisbarredAgain

      Don't forget that government policies had a lot to do with creating the Mortgage Meltdown. Under the CRA, banks were forced by law to give subprime mortgage loans, and the mission of Fannie Mae is to securitize mortgages including all of those subprime mortgages that the banks were forced to hand out. Those government policies had a big hand in creating that bubble, and the eventual burst of that bubble.

      May 4, 2013 at 11:39 | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      @disbarred: You sure do have an taste for koolaid.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:33 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      First off, investments carry risk. No guarantee of return or wealth. Let the govt worry about Wall Street, if you don't like them, don't give them your money. Very simple. I never give money to people I hate.

      Secondly, you can't change the reality of life with a vote. Prez has no on/off economy switch in his office like many of you think. Again. Economy is cyclical by nature, ups and downs. Nobody owes you anything. Just bc ur parents had it better means nothing. A hundred years ago, society was not people who stare at their stupid phone all day. It was better. That was then this is now. Have to change with times. Whining about past is pointless.

      May 4, 2013 at 16:24 | Report abuse |
  10. just the facts mam

    white people and native americans are killing themselves because of drugs, legal and illegal, alcoholism, more white soldiers in the military kill themselves, more white and native american's elderly kill themselves....this article is covering up for big pharma, and the military.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Logikflux

      My father was a military man that killed himself in this age range. He was never in combat, but he had a breakdown in the bank one day several years after he was out of the service. He realized that the aircraft that he used to work on was used to kill 500-600 people in the Highway of Death attacks, that didn't sit well with him, ever.

      May 4, 2013 at 11:32 | Report abuse |
    • Big Bob

      Interesting correlation between Indians and White folks. YT is offing himself because his species is doomed. Better dead by your own hand before we're loaded up on the train cars. Seems we went from mainstream to barely tolerated in a few short yea

      May 4, 2013 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Stop blaming. If you don't like alcohol, drugs, pharma, military, just don't touch any of them, problem solved. If you hate the symphony orchestra, don't attend a three hr concert and then bash them. Life is actually simpler than what some of you make it. You just can't stand that ur investments tanked. Well that is gambling for you. It would be nice if every time you play roulette and bet on black, it comes up black. That would be great. It would be nice if some hot actress would stop by my house later for dinner. So many things would be nice. But this is life. Investment carries risk. Nobody covering for anyone. Everyone knows that drugs are where satan lives. If you too selfish and only care bout yourself and gettin drunk or high, too bad. You deserve every bad thing there is. Go read a recovery or ten at the library or Internet.

      May 4, 2013 at 16:59 | Report abuse |
  11. Baby Boomer

    By just reading the comments, you can see people are mostly apathetic or downright cruel. Everyone's in it for themselves. And that's part of the problem. Baby boomers saw their parents work towards, and enjoy a nice retirement. But greed and corruption have taken over on an unprecedented scale and people can no longer afford to even think about retirement after they've worked and contributed to society for so long. These people are tired. But after retiring, they have to get another job so they can afford to eat and have money for medications too. Some are also still supporting their children and/or grandchildren. People have lost half their money saved as the stock market has fallen numerous times and that money can't be made up. The social security age keeps creeping up; the government hope you'll die before you can collect. People get worn out and depressed. Be careful with your snarky remarks. You might just be in the same boat eventually.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dr. Hemlock

      Peeps are light bulbs now! You burn out and just get replaced. Live for the day!

      May 4, 2013 at 15:19 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Stock market is a gamble, no guarantee of anything. As for supporting kids and grand kids, tell them not us. You choose that, just like if you chose a mansion or Mercedes. Why do you expect some fairy tale setup where everything is set and your kids/grand kids are set too. You supporting them is a luxury for them and you as much as a luxury car or any other nice thing. It would be nice if CNN would at least pay me for all this common sense talk and setting the record straight.

      May 4, 2013 at 16:32 | Report abuse |
  12. Turn off your TV, and go for a walk

    Forget about living in your past, and stop living in your future. If you are unhappy with where you are in life, a change is in order. Most of us talk about how hard we have it, and many do have a difficult road to walk. Nobody said you can't alter your course. Many of us have falsely defined ourselves by our possessions, which have only become burdens. If your pay is too small, simplify your lifestyle. As poor as many feel they are, just look to India, Mexico, China, etc. Depression is watching a child starve with no ability to feed. Americans are many miles from impoverishment. If you are angry about corporate greed, stop consuming their goods. Tired of your job, find a new one. Bored with life, go on an adventure.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chiku

      Exactly! Finally, common sense!

      May 4, 2013 at 16:33 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Actually I have to amend my approval a bit. The fifty something's are right about nobody wanting to hire em. So your flip advice about just getting another job is unrealistic. I am able to get service industry type jobs with little difficulty but getting a substantive job is next to impossible at fifty or a few years below it,

      May 4, 2013 at 21:07 | Report abuse |
  13. Very much anonymous

    I don't think it's outside factors, actually. I think there are just so many of us Boomers that (especially for those of us past the leading wave), there was just never the resources for us for treatment, at least in the early stages; plus our parents thought mental illness a huge stigma which also may have kept us from early treatment. Once it gets established, it's difficult to overcome. Yet our lives have mostly been easy when compared with the huge course of history.

    I've spent most of my life fighting depression (I attempted suicide at 16 after having already suffered through a year of it, am now 57 - mostly this has been with me lifelong, though I did have a brief respite in my 40s). I have a job I like, an interesting and fulfilling profession, and if things continue as they are, I will manage to retire at 62 with enough to live on and a paid off house. I have good days and bad days. I can't say that it has much to do with economics, my job, my relationships (I have good friends of long standing, a husband, and children...all of them very much loved by me, who love me back and treat me well). When I feel OK, then life is worth living. When I don't (which is often), life is not, but I manage to make myself get out of bed and go to work and interact with people. I don't know what triggers these episodes or why I have them. Medication and psychotherapy haven't helped. I just...feel so horrible inside. Immense sadness with a huge dollop of worthlessness. I'm not worthless, but I can't overcome that feeling when it hits me; the good things I've done are never enough, could never be enough.

    I'd kill myself...but I can't - it would irreparably harm my (now adult) children if I went ahead and did it, so I have to stick it out. But oh God, it is not easy.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chiku

      You come off as arrogant and whiny. You proclaim yourself not worthless. You are just stroking your own ego. You do sound rather worthless. All the good things you have done will never be enough, you say. Stop bragging, you sound grotesque. You paint yourself as some sort of saint who suffers needlessly. You are just self-absorbed and whiny like most of this country. Something like a third of the world has no indoor plumbing or running water, and you with your phony whining.

      May 4, 2013 at 13:58 | Report abuse |
    • Mary Jane Coleman

      Chiku: And you come off as an arrogant bully! You obviously know nothing about depression. So rather than blame Very Much Anonymous because you aren't capable of understanding what he is saying, try educating yourself. I thought your mindset concerning mental illness died off a long time ago. Obviously, I was wrong.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:37 | Report abuse |
    • RedDog

      Go easy on Anonymous, Chiku. That's just being honest and self-introspective. This is a good forum to "just get it out there" and that in itself is healing. There seems like no one in our close lives to mention any of this too, unless we are direly serious, then we really need to talk to a pro of some sort. As we get nearer and nearer then end, we must all get thru these feelings due to CHANGE. Changes that we do not welcome nor want. And it's nothing new under the sun. I'd like to see everyone use more compassion and care when hiding behind the keyboard and not go on an attack. We aren't in high school anymore.

      May 5, 2013 at 13:09 | Report abuse |
    • Very much anonymous

      Mary and reddog, thank you; I appreciate your sympathy. I can't talk to anyone about this except a therapist and that hasn't helped much. Today's a good day, so I revisited this.

      Chiku, I see no need to justify myself to a troll. If you seriously have so little compassion in your soul, you need more help than I do, and that's saying something. Please take it to heart.

      May 5, 2013 at 13:46 | Report abuse |
  14. Rachael

    There are a variety of reasons for suicide increase in my generation. And I find it related to the horrendous lack of peace we have had in our lives.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • sqeptiq

      Yes, there are a variety of reasons for committing suicide at any age and they all have to do with losing hope for the future. If you think your life sucks and have no expectation that it will get better, why stick around. Sometimes those feelings come from weakness of character and sometimes they come from chemical and electrical factors beyond the control of the person.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:38 | Report abuse |
    • Big Bob

      Not true, really!
      We don't have wars that kill millions anymore. Our diet and medical care are the best in history if consumed in moderation.
      We live longer. Have more things to enrich ourselves. And yet, we still can't be happy? Maybe some of these religious types are right. Maybe our lives have become empty because we've eschewed god? Sounds like the fruition of someones evil plans.
      McCarthy was right? He was just too ugly to be taken seriously.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:50 | Report abuse |
  15. mary

    Desperate times... I don't think young people or wealthy people have a clue how hard i is to be older and suffering in this economy... All your dreams are behind you.. And struggles lie ahead..
    People in this age group raised a lot of selfish judgmental kids, that would be the first to call a struggling parent a "looser"..
    I can imagine people loosing hope..

    May 4, 2013 at 11:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thomas

      Good point. I think that a lot of the parents would benefit from tightening up.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:35 | Report abuse |
    • Everett

      You really hit the nail on the head there.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:39 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Anyone who can't even spell loser......is one.

      May 4, 2013 at 14:27 | Report abuse |
  16. Logikflux

    IMO, I think some of this has to do with the breakdown of the extended family relationship. We all get our own houses, and venture out on our own away from our families to pursue career, and stable retirement. I think more multi-generational households would give purpose, and stability to those in this age range.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. mary

    The comments from the younger people I offer as proof of the "greatest generations" worst mistake... Loving and giving too much to their kids..The greatest generation blew it as parents.. Only because they wanted to give their children all they themselves , never had ..Make life wonderful for them.. And now those selfish little brats don't even know how to care about anyone but themselves...
    And if you think not..Just read the comments here..

    May 4, 2013 at 11:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Logikflux

      Old and bitter much?

      May 4, 2013 at 12:37 | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      Anyone who talks about and characterizes a whole generation as any one thing is a fool.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:20 | Report abuse |
    • Logikflux

      nay,.. two generations.

      May 4, 2013 at 21:18 | Report abuse |
  18. DisbarredAgain

    There's an old saying that on your deathbed, you won't wish that you had spent more time at the office. The many comments on this board to the effect that older people are committing suicide in part because they don't have enough money, seems to contradict that old saw. I've spent a lot of time at the office (and in grad school, and in doing things myself, and making repairs to properties, etc.), and have always lived below my means when my peers were out partying and buying fancy cars and fancy vacations. I'm OK financially, and I'm pretty happy with the choices I've made and how they turned out.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Logikflux

      Live light, want less, retire young. It's worked for me.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:35 | Report abuse |
  19. trespassinthru

    Suicide...what's the rush?

    May 4, 2013 at 11:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. BMS

    How is a 49% increase "almost double?" Nothing in the CDC report comes close to a 100% increase for the 50-59 population.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. cajunwoman

    i can feel why they have this feeling, nothing to look forward to just more stress and all dreams are over. our children are gone our failures are thrown in our faces, time is over for those of us with nowhere to go just existing is no reason to go on. We do not want to be a burden to our kids in fact to no one. Our time to make our mark has fizzled out and from here it is all down hill. the pain of our ageing bodies feel and we know that in time it will be worse. can anyone give a reason to live?

    May 4, 2013 at 12:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chiku

      I have felt this way many times also. It is like, for a loooooong time we were young, had energy, dreams and aspirations. Now we are old and will be so for a loooong time. Just like the young period. I mean, there is no question you get more tired and in general more fed up with the same old,same old.

      May 4, 2013 at 14:58 | Report abuse |
    • RedDog

      Dear Cajun, hopefully there will be grandchildren. No kids came along here and that actually isn't so bothersome in retro, but no grandkids to spoil and have fun with, relive our youth and when they get on our nerves, ship them back to mom and dad ?? I sense a big, gaping hole there. At least we have some great-nephews and nieces in the tender, cute and fun ages. I guess, no matter how bad it seems, it could always be worse (ICBW), count our blessings everyday and marshal on, one foot in from of other, one step at a time and if a wheelchair is needed, just keep rolling along.

      May 5, 2013 at 13:21 | Report abuse |
  22. Bob

    I am surviving ok with an old car and live in an ok area (not great) thanks to my retirement that the Rich now want to take away from public employees by using the TV commercial symdrome of say it long and loud enough and the fools (there are a lot) will believe it. Folks I am appalled that America has reached a point the if you have money you look down and even hate those who don't. These are NOT lazy bums who don't want to work these are the victims of Enron, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Leman Bros, Crooked Banks, Wall Street spectulators, outsourcing (where it is ok for an AMerican company to use slave labor (soon this slave labor will be available in the U.S.).

    May 4, 2013 at 12:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chiku

      You are NOT victims. If you trusted them with your money, that was YOUR mistake and you suffer the consequences. Not someone else. Investments are not a guarantee of wealth. Nothing is. Greed is the problem here. You gambled your money rather than sticking it in savings account. Purely your problem and stop whining about Wall Street. I have lived near or in poverty my whole life, and it has nothing do with Wall Street or anybody else.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Tv commercial syndrome. What claptrap. Nobody makes u watch tv. I quit watching it in the nineties and didn't miss a thing.

      Turn off that stupid permanently and it will bring a measure of peace and serenity to your life.

      May 4, 2013 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
  23. George Dixon

    The Obama "recovery" has left a lot of people without hope at a time in their lives when it is too soon to retire and too late to start over.

    Despair when someone is close to goals which then become unobtainable is harsh.

    May 4, 2013 at 12:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chiku

      It's life, man. I passed the medical board exam several years ago and just five days later my med school forced me out on a technicality bc of a conflict. I was a year away from becoming a doctor. It shut down several years ago, about three months after this. It was the worst med school in the country and the only one to ever shut down in the history of this country. It continued operation outside the country but it is banned in sixteen states, which is the record for all time probably.

      I blame myself, bc I was the idiot who decided to go to the worst med school in the country. Was left with one hundred thousand plus in loans and no way to repay it. It has been brutal, and incidentally it was not govt loans, but private loans and of the type that don't get discharged either, ever. Not a great interest rate either. It has been hard. But it is on me. Personal responsibility. You guys whine so much about govt, banks, Wall Street. Grow up. None of those owe you squat. Nothing, nothing at all. If you invested with them, you were stupid to do so and bear the full responsibility. Investment always carries risk. Greed has its downside. Live simply, you will be happier. Give it a try. And don't whine about materialistic society. You live how you want, let them live how they want, it is none of your business how they live. You be the change you want to see in the world. And take responsibility for your lives instead of blaming Obumbler, congress, banks, Wall Street, and the boogeyman.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:11 | Report abuse |
  24. Mary Jane

    Of course suicide rates are rising this is the result of the policies that have ruined this Country. The punk in the White House and his Muslim beliefs have driven people over the edge. America has been stained by this loser

    May 4, 2013 at 12:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • really

      Ignorance and hatred are ruining this country. Try looking in the mirror

      May 4, 2013 at 12:53 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Shut up, racist drug addict. Put down the pipe and bong and understand our president owes you nothing. He has more integrity in his little finger than you have in the whole of your filthy being.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:16 | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Hemlock

      Off your medication again?

      May 4, 2013 at 15:20 | Report abuse |
  25. AGuest9

    Isn't statistics still taught in schools?

    May 4, 2013 at 12:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. SoCloseYetSoFarAway

    Of Course this tragic increase in 'ultimate desperate acts' is due to the crash of the economy (crash of 2007-2008 events). – The resultant incredibly prolonged high unemployment rates, coupled with corporations (are Not people too!) dumping so many older workers (with higher 'benefits' costs) And the universal reluctance (Avoidance!) of corporations to Hire older candidates. This population is too far away from collecting social security, and virtually No one has sufficient investments to fulfill the costs of living for 10 years or more (55ish to 67ish) – so Very Tragic!! Amerika is now an Oligarchy! and Plutrocracy reigns!

    May 4, 2013 at 12:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. ST

    The ultra rich have taught us all through the media that your self worth only equals your bank account. If you failed financially then you are not worthy of life and should do society a favor and "disappear". Also, we've been trained over time to see old age as a burden on society so why not do society a favor and check our. In the kind of world we live in life is like a cheap motel room that you just want to check out of, even if it's forever. Something very bad is going to happen to this society for all of the ways we all now think.

    May 4, 2013 at 12:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chiku

      Nobody forces you to watch tv, read the paper, or use the Internet, only you do that. If I so weak u blindly follow others and let them define u, it is YOUR fault.

      May 5, 2013 at 07:20 | Report abuse |
  28. Thomas

    Perhaps the 50+ old people just realized that they will never be able to retire because they are still supporting their children living at home "trying to find themselves".

    May 4, 2013 at 12:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom Wilson

      I think you mean grandchildren? That's the norm for grandmothers of the day. This way, we raise another generation of "spineless" citizens because Grammy doesn't teach self-reliance along with the love. Well, throw in discipline, too.

      May 4, 2013 at 12:56 | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      I my case, it is both. I am supporting a 25 year old "adult child" and will probably be supporting her child too. I am probably not alone.

      That's why I laugh when people post that they expect their children to take care of them in their old age. I don't think that is happening with this generation. The only one who is going to support me in my old age is me!

      May 4, 2013 at 14:38 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Well, kick her out. It is that simple. Tough love. You are the enabler here.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:53 | Report abuse |
  29. Everett

    The answer as to why is quite simple. Because as this generation comes to realize that there is no way possible for most of us to even rise to the level of financial comfort that out parents enjoyed its to much for many and they would rather die. For most people the fact that they'll have to work into their 70's when their parents retired in their 50's is a bit much to bear. For the Native Americans I think its obvious why they are killing themselves. Their entire civilization has been destroyed and replaced with Casinos, Oil Rigs and Cell phones, and alcohol, they have two choices embrace White culture or die, they choose death.

    May 4, 2013 at 12:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. melena

    cowards, that's all i can say

    May 4, 2013 at 12:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. jim

    If you're a white guy over 50 and just figuring out that this is a young person's world, and, Bernanke's destoyed America, you SHOULD pull the trigger!

    May 4, 2013 at 12:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Mike

    My father committed suicide two years ago at the age of 63. Aside from the basic economic reasons that have been mentioned before, I think the biggest issue my father dealt with is that his livelihood became obsolete as his skills were replaced by a computer program. His confidence and his self-worth tanked. He couldn't adapt what he did in time, and lost all of his business. As this world changes ever more rapidly, people are going to have to be able to adapt and push themselves to stay with the pace of innovation.

    May 4, 2013 at 12:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bigeyes

      Mike, you've just hit the nail squarely on the head.

      May 4, 2013 at 13:20 | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Mike, sorry to hear that, It is almost impossible to go from everything to nothing. It's the Ego, that stops us from starting over at zero, Death seems like a better option than working at walmart, and living in government assisted housing, and collecting food stamps and welfare...Yet the system that is in place isn't kind, everyone from this day forward must continue to learn and adapt to the ever changing world...There are 7 billion people in this world working on the future so it happens quick. Life was simple, now its not, and probably will never be...Unless you decide to loose your ego, and swallow your pride and start over again and again. It's much easier to have nothing, and strive for more, then have everything and loose it all...then get up and start over at any age...So Mike i feel your pain, Understand your dad, and God bless his soul.

      May 4, 2013 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      I wrote you a very lengthy reply but it didn't post and I regret bc it was very compassionate, which nobody will believe. I am very sorry for your loss. But I disagree with the lesson drawn. It happened bc your dad drew his self worth from his job. If self worth comes from your wife, family, job, net worth, house, friends whatever, it is not real and not stable. And it is prone to lead to this. Mike, I am sincerely sorry for your suffering. I am sure, like many, he was a good man but lost. I often feel lost also.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:57 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Thank you for sharing this story. I am sorry for what happened.

      May 4, 2013 at 16:59 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Thank you for sharing this story.

      May 4, 2013 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
  33. Bill Smells

    More people have lost hope under Obama than Bush.

    Obama is the death of this nation. Killer of jobs. Killer of hope. Killer of the American Dream.

    May 4, 2013 at 12:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • martin

      lol, pure wishful thinking

      May 4, 2013 at 14:44 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Only thing that smells is this vile racist above. Get used to it, loser, next prez after Hillary will be Latino. Soonest you can get yo boys back in there will be about 2032, and even that is unlikely 🙂

      That is the year we will elect a Thai woman president of the United States. And those state dinners will have the best food ever!

      May 4, 2013 at 16:11 | Report abuse |
  34. Dave

    This is the legacy of Reagan and GW Bush policies. Republican voters, it is blood on your hands. It's unfortunate that the most vile liars and hypocrites in our country now obstruct any effort to fix what their ideas ruined.

    May 4, 2013 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TheDougJDR94

      If you actually knew your history, you'd know that Clinton encouraged Alan Greenspan to make it so that lower income families can buy a house, which lead to the subprime mess that was part of the financial disaster of 2007 and 2008. Bush shares the blame for the financial crisis, but Clinton dodges all responsibility simply because he was nearly eight years removed when everything turned to ruin. Inform yourself before blaming the whole mess on a single party.

      May 4, 2013 at 13:09 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      It is neither party's fault. Govt owes you nothing.

      May 4, 2013 at 15:59 | Report abuse |
  35. TheDougJDR94

    Sounds like the Rope and Chair retirement plan is gaining in popularity.

    May 4, 2013 at 13:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. what you expect

    What do you expect. Government trades away their jobs and then lets the market steal whats left.

    May 4, 2013 at 13:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. martin

    Lots of great things happen after 50. Sure, you've probably outlived your p enis, but c'mon, you can grow a garden, go for a walk, paint a painting, take a trip.

    May 4, 2013 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Jeff

    I think I'll vote Democrat. The best part is, they turn into Republicans once they're elected.
    – Homer.


    May 4, 2013 at 13:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Jay

    During the great depression, People were jumping off bridges, and buildings, killing themselves. Today we have more drugs to easy the pain, yet there side affect is suicide. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. If you base your happiness on someone else, or what you have, then it's hard to see your way out. You are truly alone in this world, sure you can have family, relatives, etc. You must find peace within yourself, with nothing, realize that every breath you take is a gift, most people would give up everything they have to have one more day of life. Yet suicide ends life, removes it's value. There were times in history were people were slaves for their entire life, yet they didn't kill themselves. They raised families and worked everyday. You can survive any pain, long enough to see the next day. Tomorrow might be the best day of your life, yet Suicide will prevent you ever seeing that day...I know depression, I know pain, and suffering. Yet i look back and see i have made it through it before, and see some great times, things i never thought were even possible...Once you understand God, life is just a test, and it's tough, everyones is different, yet everyone will reach a point in there life were the only one they can reach for is God...In that moment, is where things will change, and you will realize God was right there the whole time...so why end life before God takes you, endure the pain, and see it though, there is a whole different world waiting for you, once you find God.

    May 4, 2013 at 13:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chiku

      I agreed with every word up to the god stuff. Fictional characters won't help the severely depressed. Might as well advise turning to Batman for solace. But everything up to that part was beautiful and thank you for that.

      The fact is there is no evidence of god. And I personally think if dude is so powerful and omniscient, he could just appear in the sky for thirty seconds and tell everyone to behave, don't say he can't. If that pansy can't do that much, forget him. No wonder 9/11 went off without a hitch, considering that slug "god" was completely asleep at the wheel.

      May 4, 2013 at 16:04 | Report abuse |
    • RedDog

      Thanks Jay, that seems on target. Chiku, please don't be so quick to dismiss God. I am also vexed by apparent lack of taking action when G. is all powerful and all knowing. And why on earth when knowing the future would any creator put a tree of forbidden fruit in Garden of Eden, or give life to a head angel called Lucifer who G. knew would later "fall" and become Satan...?? I am perplexed at best and PO'd at less than best. But !! I personally have had some interactions with the unseen world, I believe it truly exists. One time at night, driving in the left lane of an interstate for some goodly miles, just too unmotivated to pull right after passing someone, the "idea" came in my head, not words, nor voice nor a thought of my own, it was from elsewhere I knew, the idea indicated "get over in the right lane, it is safer". I did. And within 3 miles at the very apex of a hill of a bridge overpass, I met someone going the wrong way !! Just "pop" up in view at the peak of the bridge. It would've been a head on collision. Years later, after getting mom and dad settled into a nursing home, they were doing poorly, and I was driving my car by my home 200 miles away from their home, the "idea" came in to my head, "dad's gone and it's alright". I stared at the clock, 7:36 pm... I got home and my wife met me at the door. I could've told her first and wish I had, "dad is gone". Years after that, I was drinking too much, too often. Struggling to stop. It seems, struggling with God. It was February evening in a northern, cold state. The door to my favorite bar was actually propped open in the winter !! I drove by several times trying to resist going in. Last time by, a young man playing pool looked out at me, our eyes locked, why would he stare right into my car driving by ??? I never saw his actual head, but a head of a demon. You can believe I never went in and drank that night !!! I wrestled with God on that for another 6 mos, quit completely for 10 years, and now, I have about one drink per month, no problem. A new limit, "have one and be done, maybe two at very most !!" Another time I took our dog out for final pee at midnight. I looked up in sky and said "Well God, if you can pass this message on to my folks, Tell them we are doing fine now, just fine". Right exactly where my eyes were looking, the biggest falling star fell !! It's like God said "IF I can pass a message on to them !!!" I have faith now I can pass good messages on to anyone whose "gone on ahead". No sad messages nor bad news, for there is no sadness up there. So, how do I align these things with apparent lack of action day to day from creator God ???? I may be wrong, but I'm viewing the creator more these days of creating everything, starting it all up, get it going, and not so intimately involved in everyday details, but more watching. God doesn't want robots but free will and is watching it unfold. Most followers I don't think agree with this, since The Word indicates much more intimate and loving day to day involvement. I just cannot see that going on, nor understand it with a mere, puny, mortal brain. I may be wrong, but once the veiled curtain of death is pulled back and I make the trip, I look forward to that part, it is going to be very interesting. One thing for certain, if I put my faith in a creator and God and Jesus is indeed the way, as His original disciples all chose a Martyr's death over recanting seeing and being with a risen Lord after crucifixion all in order to start a false religion ?? If I'm wrong in that and death brings absolutely nothing but lights out, guess what, I'm not disappointed. Not in the least bit. If I on the other hand choose to reject everything to do with the unseen world, and do not believe there even Is a God and creator, and when I die I find out I'm wrong and get sent to hell forever, I will be severely disappointed !! And for all of eternity. Talk about "depressed" !!!!!!! Most sincerely, me....

      May 5, 2013 at 14:08 | Report abuse |
    • Chiku

      Red dog, there is a well known book called "the five people you meet in heaven". It implies you will be spending eternity with your parents, siblings, and children and maybe others though it says five. First I would note many of us will NOT be doing that. Hopefully, in the event that there is an afterlife, chance for which I estimate at three percent or less, hopefully suicide will be available there too and with no further afterlife to worry about.

      But i think, moreover, when you say you look forward to that journey, I can't agree. How much you look forward to that probably correlates with how much you actually like life. If your life sucks, I don't think you will have a smidgen of interest in the afterlife. But really I don't even understand why anyone thinks that the idea of afterlife sounds so good. I mean you like the people in your life so much you want to spend eternity with them? Really? You have that much to talk about and do? Sorry, I can't buy the idea of a place where all the dead people from the last four million years are walking around. In fact, I don't even want to think about what someone has been doing up there for a thousand years or even fifty. I am sometimes bored out of my mind on just a typical Sunday, not unlike today.

      May 5, 2013 at 15:52 | Report abuse |
  40. txcutie314

    I tell

    May 4, 2013 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. j denis huggard

    hello-5/4/2013-i am based in vancouver,bc,canada-i financed many developements in anchorage in 1980,s/we completed 300 room+ sheraton-assets owned by calisata native corp-huge asset base-we travelledalaska/arctic/even russia[native small jet] ther were over 15,000 mebers on calista-i did not see suicides-zero reports-what is going on there?/can anyone tell me-cnn is welcome to put out my gmail.com address/thanks/mr huggard

    May 4, 2013 at 13:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chiku

      Thanks for taking the time to brag about yourself and your career but I can Assure you that nobody here gives a rats butt about what you did in Alaska or anywhere else. And I rather doubt CNN will get all excited and publish your email address as a hoped-for antidote to this notable increase in suicides.

      May 5, 2013 at 07:32 | Report abuse |
  42. txcutie314

    I tell my children just get a job that you enjoy and love. I don't care if you are rich just as long as you are happy. I will always stand by them whatever they choose . Also never hate because Hate will kill you! But I am not raising my grandchildren they are for them to raise. They bost got awesome jobs and are still going to school part time. I would hate for them to even think of suicide as a way out.

    May 4, 2013 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. keeplookinup

    You have to look at the reasons behind suicide. WHY!? Despiration, depression, fear, guilt, Why the sudden rise in the 50 yo range? What happened socially or environmentally in the U.S. 50 years ago? Maybe some new vaccine to stop a disease has finally brought about an unwanted side effect.Maybe it was the "cultural revolution" when everything that humanity knew to be correct was thrown off and drugs easy sex and no moral absolutes were accepted. (I do not think racial equality is a negative) Hope and purpose God gives both He has moral laws which we all agree are good for us even if we do not want to follow them.I think most if not all people think about suicide at some tome in their lives but most get through it with freinds and faith. Some are over powered by the thoughts going against our inner will to survive, why. I do think Faith would quell much of it but society has gotten so fragmented and callous close friendship is harder to find in our narcissist generation.

    May 4, 2013 at 14:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. AlphaMaryYankee

    "More than 38,000 Americans killed themselves in 2010; that's more than double those who were killed in a homicide that same year, according to the CDC."

    Why does CNN fail to report this fact when it writes an article about gun control?
    CNN. Bias beyond belief.

    May 4, 2013 at 14:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. jeff

    The greed and corruption that devalues humanity and creates the dog eat dog world that the older generation can't compete in is a direct result of the republican agenda. There is no compassion for our fellow man, no honor, no positive human virtues. It's all about cold, hard cash. The single biggest cause of baknkruptcy is medical bills that people can't pay for. My daughter was in the hospital for 8 hours with a urinary infection and it cost $13,000. The republicans won't even buy you a bullet for a rented gun so you can end the misery.

    May 4, 2013 at 14:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chiku

      It boils down to when and why do you ever give money to strangers? Do you? And if not, why do you expect strangers to give you money? Does it ever happen?

      May 5, 2013 at 07:35 | Report abuse |
  46. Lance Steele

    The issues revolves around economics and employability

    May 4, 2013 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Me!

    How about the fact that life in general has become harder. At age 50, my parents had their house paid off and were somewhat "comfortable"... at least to the point where they could afford a vacation occasionally and didn't have to watch every dime they spent. I am 50 and I am still living on a budget wondering from day to day how much longer I will have my job, if I will be able to retire and how I will afford healthcare. Many people my age have lost their jobs, their homes and have moved back in with their parents! They feel like failures. So, it's pretty obvious to me why there have been more suicides in 50 somethings.

    May 4, 2013 at 15:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Frank, age 56

    When your pension evaporates because it was sold as debt to a shell company created to receive it and go bankrupt, destroying your career's retirement plan, you consider suicide. When your job has been eliminated and outsourced to ultra-cheap labor in a foreign country just so the company can show temporary false profits for the purpose of being sold, you consider suicide. When the government cheerfully reports the jobless rate going down because you and a million others like you have run out of unemployment benefits and are no longer counted among the employable, you consider suicide.

    When the Fed stops propping up the stock market, it's all over because most of the corporations that are left are faded relics, memories of their former independent, profitable selves. Almost all of the money has shifted from the people that actually build companies to "investors" who buy and sell them, holding them hostage to interest payments on loans and cutting deals with the few remaining real corporations for the sole purpose of skimming more wealth out of the system. Look at the likes of Bain and Icahn. What we see now is the end game of unregulated capitalism, in which greed has been allowed to prevail for the past 15 years. Facing the music on this is going to be worse than the banking scandals, real estate collapse, and industry failures and bailouts combined.

    May 4, 2013 at 15:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Replier

      You sum up the feeling of so many Americans and Romney is the face of that mindset.

      May 4, 2013 at 16:05 | Report abuse |
  49. Deerp

    Nice story but it's false. The recession impacted under 25 year old males the most, they have the highest unemployment rates. Most middle aged men were already secure in their careers so it wasn't an issue. It's people without experience that got crushed because companies do not want to train anybody now. So either you lie about experience or you sit at home playing Xbox (which probably beats being a corporate wage slave anyway).

    This recession if anything probably freed a lot of former wage slaves. I personally only work because of student loan debt, once that's done, and I have a nice little stash of retirement investments, I will just stop working full time. I'll work maybe 3 months a year, which is more than enough to cover a year's expenses and you get taxed less to boot!

    May 4, 2013 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Salbei

    This epidemic must be spreading world wide in the western countries especially among white males. Here is a recent BBC article written in 2012 called "Suicide strategy launch: Middle-aged men 'highest risk'"

    ink http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19523881

    First England and now the United States. This stuff should be in the top headlines. The white population is shrinking at an alarming rate.

    May 4, 2013 at 15:27 | Report abuse | Reply
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