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. ipmitt

    Democrats and Obama

    May 5, 2013 at 12:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kris

      Enjoy your visit from Secret Service.

      May 5, 2013 at 13:20 | Report abuse |
    • Rogue351

      No maybe because of the hatred that all GOP, Tea Party member express even though it was their party who crushed American financially with Bush. Now they refuse to take responsibility just like they refuse to take responsibility that these same people are also responsible for the large number of illegal weapons on our streets. Had they actually been responsible gun owners they would not have let their weapon be stolen. It is the GOP / Tea Party that continues to ruin America because of discrimination and forcing of people to follow religious beliefs that not everyone hold true. It is the hate and wars created by the GOP Tea Party along with their greed leaving little if nothing for working class Americans by shipping jobs overseas, buying companies only to run them out of business "Mitt Romney". The constant brain washing of your followers via TV, Radio and Church that has turned America against its self. It is the fact that the GOP would rather have a person go broke get kicked off insurance and die in the street as come up with a plan to help. It is the GOP Tea Party that voted against aid for disaster victims leaving them to die. It is wars for oil and ego. This is the reason suicides have gone up.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:59 | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      Lighten up, Rogue...where do you get your "brainwashing"?

      June 7, 2013 at 11:12 | Report abuse |
    • nomoretraitors

      Rogue, time to put down the MSNBC koolaid and come out of your occupt tent to get some fresh air (and maybe a shower). The tea party has NOTHING to do with a rise in suicides. And as far as "crushing America financially," your socialist savior has added more to the national debt than all his predecessor combined (not that that excuse the GOP for their fiscal irresponsibility). That's what's crushing America financially.

      June 7, 2013 at 11:20 | Report abuse |
    • RDH

      Untrue nomoretraitors, look at the data available through the COB, Bush took a $200 billion surplus and ran it to a $1.4 trillion deficit. All the facts are there. Educate yourself.

      June 7, 2013 at 11:52 | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      Rogue is actually right, imo. My personal retirement was diminished and I'm in my early 40s. It makes you lose hope. And, cause of this destruction is within our own country - and they still get away with it. The American dream and what it used to represent isn't the same....

      June 7, 2013 at 11:56 | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      nomoretraitors , your wrong, the wars carried over so thats debt that was passed over, obama did not choose to goto war, so it makes it look like he spent more than bush but in reality he didnt, it was the GOP that started a war and it was unpaid for!

      June 7, 2013 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • Catsratz

      I'd have been a statistic too if my Social Security retirement, paying $569 per month for 45 years' hard work – hadn't come in last year. Do I feel good I got to live? No. Not in this country. Not any more.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:08 | Report abuse |
    • Chutzpah

      nomoretraitors... the economy is doing its best toi recover under Obama, but the hole is very deep and there's still too much obstruction going on by people who prefer to see America fail.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:36 | Report abuse |
    • amadeo122

      Go blow up in Iraq for us and Bush.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:41 | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      Since this trend goes back to the beginning of the Bush era. you sound like another brainwashed partisan sheep.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:59 | Report abuse |

    Many of these people taking their lives are Atheists/Agnostics, and pagan religious people. When Amanda committed suicide, I found out that she was being bullied by atheists teenagers. How do I know, I followed on of the pages that was created for Amanda by these bullies and I spoke to a few of them by private message and I tried to talk to them about Christ, they started to mock Him and said that they don't believe in God.

    May 5, 2013 at 12:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chiku

      This nation was founded on the principle of separation of church and state. So it most definitely an ok and appropriate place for an atheist like myself and tens of millions of others to be. But bullying is never ok. I know because I was badly bullied both at home and school throughout childhood and also badly bullied in adulthood during a few years I spent in India. Yes, constant bullying over a very long period like a decade will wear down the soul and cause one to hate people and life.

      May 5, 2013 at 14:01 | Report abuse |
    • uckermanf

      Your post makes absolutely no sense, and is internally inconsistent. You start off by spouting some nonsense that the people who commit suicide are Atheists, Agnostics, and pagans, but you them follow this up with a statement about the people who bullied Amanda Knox (the one who committed suicide) as being the non-believers. Was this second part supposed to be proof to support the first part? If so, that was an epic fail. Also, statistics do not support your claim that people who commit suicide don't have religious beliefs. You are making up stuff to justify your warped views, as you "believers" frequently do. You need to go back to school and learn the rules of logic. Perhaps reread that "Good Book" and learn that it is not acceptable to lie, too.

      May 5, 2013 at 14:40 | Report abuse |
    • bob108

      uckermanf says

      "The suicide rates among white males isn't high because they have the least support. It's high because they have the least resiliency to economic hardship having never had to experience it in any significant amount. "

      it really takes a heart full of race-hate to look at a member of a group so despondant as to take their own life, and see it as a sign of 'overprivilage'

      and it takes a real ignoramous to not see that at the moment of suicide, there's no such thing as 'privilage'

      May 7, 2013 at 17:49 | Report abuse |
    • xirume


      June 7, 2013 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
    • Rogue351

      Have you ever thought that the pressure religion puts on people is the cause ? We are told that we are sinners from birth. We can never live up to the lord word. The pressure to do so from other religious people constaly judging is just as powerful as bulling, this includes family.

      June 7, 2013 at 11:02 | Report abuse |
    • Chutzpah


      As an atheist, I can testify that the experience of living in a society that remains overwhelmingly religious (stop whining about religious persecution) is incredibly stressful and damaging. You're living in a situation where almost everyone around you sees demons and fairies and a whole panoply of imaginary beings/forces controlling everything. That's just nuts. So, how do you cope day-to-day, with so much madness and irrationality around you? Answer... a lot of times, you can't.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
  3. theemptyone1

    Another CNN story that screws the facts. In the article that predates this one by two days, The Oregonian actually gave statistical facts. The way they are ignored or manipulated here is amazing. White males commit suicide the most. It's just that women and Amerinds show the greatest increase. One expert's speculation was because women and minorities typically have more social and family support than whites in general and white males in particular. The Oregonian ran the story because the suicide rate among white males in Oregon leads the nation. Again, job loss and other losses like homes, seem correlated to suicide and hit the group with the least social support. It would be interesting to see Tim Wise square those facts with his usual rants about white (male) privilege. CNN seems to have pointedly manipulated this story to prevent the real facts from being realized as it might affect some now deeply set in ideas common in Leftist politics.

    May 5, 2013 at 13:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • uckermanf

      The suicide rates among white males isn't high because they have the least support. It's high because they have the least resiliency to economic hardship having never had to experience it in any significant amount. Disadvantaged groups have had to live their entire lives "without," and have learned to cope with such. When you have been, for the most part, privileged all of your life, and have been fed a constant message of "You are the king of the world, you can have whatever you want," then when things don't go "your way," you can't handle it and resort to drastic measures like taking your own life. "Leftist policies" have absolutely nothing to do with it. Those policies are available to anyone experiencing difficulty, and are meant as a social safety net to keep people sufficiently stable. Requesting that such safety nets be done away with is about the dumbest thing a person could do. You might as well cut all of your limbs off.

      May 5, 2013 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
    • Tom.yK

      uckermanf's reply is right on point. Again, CNN publishes a national news story that is a chapter right out of my life. Since this recession started in 2008, they have stayed with stories about the people most affected, older white men. The point about never having had to struggle is right, but only part of the picture. I attempted suicide in 2011, survived, but I had lost everything. I'm still unemployed (5 years now) but I'm not struggling or worried about it anymore. I appreciate this article a great deal. It shows me that someone can see what I and many others are going through in this life-changing recession

      May 6, 2013 at 15:42 | Report abuse |
    • Lorton

      Agree. We are soft. My parents were tough–Depression babies. I've never had to suffer, and now that life is not as easy as it was 10 or 20 years ago for me, it's getting to me.

      June 7, 2013 at 11:14 | Report abuse |
    • Gem

      Good write-up, Uckerman....

      June 7, 2013 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
  4. Le Cochon

    The ones that are going to now retire on SS income, having still unsustainable payments on a now decayed crappy house, what are they going to look forward to in America? Another trip to a local mall? No place to go, nothing to do, boring environment. Not surprising at all.

    May 5, 2013 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom.yK

      What home? Home lost, 401k gone, savings gone. And that was in the first two years. In the three years since then, I have had nothing but $200-300 monthly income. Living in a vehicle for two years. Thank God for some public assistance, that is the reason those programs were developed. I paid into it for 45 working years, so now I get a little help.

      May 6, 2013 at 15:53 | Report abuse |
    • sadlyperturbed

      @Tom.yk: You know there is work out there that pays far more than the paltry amount you say you get each month. Perhaps making the decision to get a lesser paying job than the one you held 5 years ago would improve your situation. Whining on public boards certainly is not. I know you expect sympathy from us but you know what? I don't have any. I also lost everything due to the economy. I chose to make things better, take a job that was available, and do the best with what I earned. A full time job and a part time job and I am doing just fine. Certainly not what I was making prior to the recession, but better than I would have had I chosen to languish in my misery and take what handouts I could get. Life is too short to feel sorry for yourself, and there is no excuse for you being unemployed for 5 years unless you are unable to work due to medical problems.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:29 | Report abuse |
    • furrycatherder

      When I was a kid, people over 60 weren't in the physical or mental condition they are in today. Today, most 60-somethings, and many 70-somethings are just as able to work as they were when they were 50-somethings (which I am). My suggestion to people over 60 is ... get a job. I don't mean to sound callous, but why should someone who is perfectly capable of working expect a paid vacation for the rest of their life? What's more disturbing is that this is the same generation that told me, when I was a teen, to get a job.

      So ... get a job and quit complaining.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:31 | Report abuse |
    • Just saying

      People that are in their 60's have to deal with age discrimination and that is a fact. It does not matter your experience or what kind of phsyical shape you are in. You have to get someone to interview you and hire you. When they look at your resume and see that you graduated from high school 50 years ago, they can do the math. Unless you've walked in this guys shoes, lighten up. It could happen to you. Most of these people spent their entire lives doing everything right only to have their legs kicked out from under them through no fault of their own. They need empathy, and a hand up, not condecending comments.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:55 | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      but at least you've got the interwebs...

      June 7, 2013 at 11:17 | Report abuse |
    • MagicPanties

      sadly and furry,
      You are so wrong.
      Age discrimination is very real.
      Technical people that are 50+, if not in senior management role, have tremendous difficulty getting hired.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:09 | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      I think it is wrong to assume this person "has the interwebs".....when I was going through financial difficulty, I loved going to the library to get my internet fix.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:40 | Report abuse |
  5. Capster7899

    They are mostly men, so who really cares anyway. If this was a trend among women, news media and society would have a solution. More than likely blaming men for it. But since these are men, no one cares.

    May 5, 2013 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jena

      Get therapy.

      May 6, 2013 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • OldnGray

      Nope, women in the same age group 50-65 are committing suicide more too, they are just not doing it right and end up hospitalized more often than men. If you lose your job at 50 the likelihood of average Joe or Jane getting another that covers the rent is minimal. With no job, savings gone, house lost and kids that have a hard time making ends meet for themselves, the option of 'opting out' seems like the best thing to do. White middle class Americans have been raised to be a contributing member of society. There is no support package that will let them be self-sufficient again. "Why bother sticking around if you have no earning potential, SS is years down the road, and your future involves living under a bridge? " is a reasonable question. The US is geared that way these days, if you win great, if you lose you might as well be dead because there is no happy future for you in the US.

      May 23, 2013 at 13:36 | Report abuse |
  6. Greg Faith

    "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.""

    HOW ABOUT the fact that most over 50's have no SAVINGS and are looking at POVERTY in their OLD AGE. I'd blow my brains out too!

    May 5, 2013 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Greg Faith

    I'm looking at poverty as I grow older. My reason to end it all.

    May 5, 2013 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Greg Faith

    CNN won't let me tell you why.

    May 5, 2013 at 15:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • EAS

      I think there should be a place online where 50-somethings can tell everyone exactly why there is a higher rate of suicides in this age group now. We are a generation that missed the government opportunities our parents had to have a home, and education, and debt-free living, as well as a retirement. We don't quite fit in with today's employment opportunities because we didn't have the technology education that current graduates have, and don't have opportunities to get it. We earned our college education through student loans with the promise that we would be able to pay low monthly payments, but then discovered through various tricks of the trade of student loan companies that the loans we started with aren't the same as the debts we ended up with, which are impossible to pay off, prevent us from owning property, and destin us to a lifetime of poverty – limited work opportunities, a social security system that won't help us by the time we are old enough for it, even though we have paid into in throughout our working lives, creditors (including the government) that take our money directly out of our paychecks and bank accounts, leaving us homeless and hungry. It is no wonder that there are more suicides in this age group. There is no way out of the hardships. We can't file bankruptcy on the student loans, so we will never own property. This means we cannot plan for our retirement, knowing that we won't be able to earn the work income in our old age to pay rent. The most influential thing that keeps me alive is my faith in God, and that is something no one will ever be able to take away from me. Thankfully I was allowed to express my faith when I was in school.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:28 | Report abuse |
  9. awaiting modulation

    You would have thought, the suicide rate would have gone down if all the stats we have been fed the last 4 3/4 years were true,like that 90 percent stats we had recently from Obama and CNN.

    May 5, 2013 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kk

      This was all Bush's doing. HE destroyed America, not Obama. There is NO getting around that so shut it

      June 7, 2013 at 10:18 | Report abuse |
    • nomoretraitors


      June 7, 2013 at 11:14 | Report abuse |
    • Chutzpah

      I blame internet trolls for at least a part of the overwhelming disgust with life in America these days.

      Where did these morons come from?

      What hope for the future does their existence allow?

      June 7, 2013 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
  10. awaiting modulation

    I think ,what has destroyed part of their brain is tv commercials.

    May 5, 2013 at 15:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Lone Ranger

    Why is it so high? We work all our lives, get laid off and no matter how educated we are, we can only get a job ay McDonalds. We are suppose to live off $800.00 a month minus $400.00 month child support. Two minimum wage jobs, can't afford a car, heath care. Why not give up? I've made my exit plans just wrapping up lose ends. You go out to eat only to be put in the back al because your alone. Maybe you get one call a week on your phone only to be bill collector or salesman. No human touch, you eat alone, sleep alone, walk alone. We as human were never made to be alone. I'm not asking for a pity party. Thousands others like me out there, We are just lost in the crowd. We see ending it as a end to the pain and loneliness

    May 5, 2013 at 22:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tammy

      I would agree this is a larger factor then they say. Nor does it even appear this is an area they considered. It's not just about the money. It's a whole lot easier to weather storms when you have someone to weather them with you.

      May 6, 2013 at 16:34 | Report abuse |
    • kk

      have to agree. There is no future except a cardboard boxand you face it alone

      June 7, 2013 at 10:21 | Report abuse |
    • Roscoe Chait

      I'm sorry that you are experiencing this. I wish I had a solution. We bailed out the banks and Wall Street thieves and money-grubbers, and yet they continue to penalize and steal every penny we have. One of the worst is Wells Fargo. I think the banks should set up a huge fund to help people like you, Lone Ranger, who have lost everything and need a hand up.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
    • CB

      Lone Ranger,
      It's a really, really terrible place to find yourself in. I know. I worked 30 years for a company, and when times got tough the people with the most time in, and the highest salaries were the first to be let go. We were discarded like old office furniture. When you are in your mid to late 50's it is nearly impossible to get anyone to even call you in for an interview. I have had people ask me, "Aren't you in the twilight of your career?", " How much longer do you plan on working?". We hear day after day about the plight of veterans finding work, graduates finding work, but hardly ever about older people that are looking for work. They are the ones most at risk. No time to recoup financially, most likely to consider suicide as a way out. Then, to add insult to injury you have to deal with people saying "just get a job" as if you haven't been looking.

      You are right, you are not alone. You obviously have internet, reach out to people and build from there. Suicide is letting these bast*rds win. I for one, am not willing to do that.

      June 7, 2013 at 11:21 | Report abuse |
    • Donna Taylor

      I'm really sorry that you are feeling so isolated. There is nothing worse. I know that it's hard to get up the energy but if you can you should consider working with a volunteer group. The SPCA needs dog walkers, there are old people who can't get around, and need someone to pick up groceries, or you could start a blog about overcoming depression for 50 somethings. From what I see here, there is an audience for it.
      All it takes is one friend. Just one. I hope you create something that helps you find that friend. We're all on your side.

      June 7, 2013 at 11:35 | Report abuse |
  12. Rob

    This is really a sad state of affairs.... But could someone help me with statistics on this. Did the researchers take into account that the age distribution for the country in this demo is now up almost 50% since 1990? Could this be more consistent with the fact there's simply more people in this age range?

    May 6, 2013 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Kugellager

    I posted a comment on here yesterday and it's not here. What was wrong with my comment?

    May 6, 2013 at 19:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shalisa

      Your comments suck, man.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:17 | Report abuse |
    • Roscoe Chait

      You probably had the word "Muslim" or "Islam" in it and it got cut.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
  14. Frankly A.

    How does the recession which affected men being shut out out of work, pertain to women over 50 suicides & Alaskan/ 'Native-American'-ie.. people who were here before us; committing suicide? Many 'Native Americans (including AK) get government $$ (NO insult meant here-just the financial aspect 'they' are spinning.) Look at the FDA sales charts for 'antidepressants, esp-cymbalta &abilify. Both heavily advertised over last 3+ years. Always with 'worsening depression/thoughts of suicide' as main 'side effects. Perhaps taking people in chronic severe pain & giving them "FDA approved" Cymbalta-other 'antidepressants' could be the very cause of these suicides. I was lucky to stop taking Cymbalta in time. Look at the medication changes & whole pharmacy lobby, and more. People in physical pain who don't get relief, may just seek the worst alternatives. Oh, FYI ad @ end of this 'chat/post' is for...'abilify'. Very expensive medication. Give me an old fashioned 100+ year proven med for my pain. One less 50-64 yr old who would consider the 'S' thing.

    May 8, 2013 at 07:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Richard D. Erlich

    I would like to see within the body of the article some serious numbers: suicides per 100K population by different relevant ages over the last couple decades. There's been too much crying "Wolf!" over suicide and related issues. <>, well, not really: kind of high for people generally so well off, but that was about it. <> Indeed, and that's mostly good news because it means far, far fewer kids are dying young of contagious diseases. Teen suicide rates went from very low to low, but they are still admirably low: as such articles note, the main suicide problems are with older people and (as Mike Males has argued), much of the low-key panic — not concern but the hype — over teen suicide has to do with mental hospital beds that needed to be filled and with an uptick in the 1980s and 1990s of an aleady bad trend of teen-bashing: the flip side to concern over US teen deaths is seeing teens as particularly pathogogical, irresponsible, and/or just stupid. The kids are frequently screwed up all right: when it comes to social pathologies, the older ones are generally a normal US (adult) population, or are doing better than normal, as, to return to topic, with their low rates of suicide compared to their elders. (They lose more years, though, so — sentimentality aside — teen deaths are a greater loss.)

    Let's have some serious numbers, people, and more evidence that there is a real trend here rather than just a few bad years.

    May 9, 2013 at 18:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Rebecca

    I am surprised the article did not mention this is the age when many people realize they are going to be in pain for the rest of their lives. I have RA and am 36. Some days I can barely function. Praying I find a non-opiate medicine that works for me, because it is not fun to be treated as a drug-seeking addict when you ask for pain medication. With as difficult as it is now for chronic pain patients to receive pain medication, that could be a factor as well. I am not advocating for people who abuse pain medication, but we will continue to see an increase in suicides until there is a way for people who are actually in pain to have access to pain medication. There are so many regulations now, doctors are afraid to prescribe anything. The regulations need to be lessened for rheumatologists and doctors that treat cancer patients.

    May 10, 2013 at 20:32 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Goodbye, cold, cruel world! Hasta la vista, baby!

    May 16, 2013 at 19:27 | Report abuse | Reply
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  22. situation63

    Our founding fathers, and their generation, built this country. Boomers are doing their best to destroy it.

    May 20, 2013 at 10:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Roscoe Chait

      You mean Republican boomers.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:43 | Report abuse |
    • nomoretraitors

      Uh, Roscoe, I think most of the boomers are Democrats

      June 7, 2013 at 11:17 | Report abuse |
    • CB

      Uh, people between 44 and 64 went for Romney by 4 points. People 64 and over went for Romney by 12 points.
      So, No, you are wrong.

      June 7, 2013 at 11:48 | Report abuse |
  23. lorrie

    Uckermanf, Amanda Knox wasn't bullied. Amanda Knox was the murderer wasn't she?

    June 7, 2013 at 10:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Henry

    As one who plans to commit suicide (probably this weekend), maybe they feel as I do: they've lived about all they want.


    June 7, 2013 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brenda

      Please don't...hang in there a little longer.....things could turn around.

      June 7, 2013 at 13:18 | Report abuse |
  25. Zorn

    Older white men have been disproportionately impacted by the death of traditional US manufacturing and the stable jobs it provided.

    Becoming "obsolete" and not being able to support yourself and your family honorably, the norm among white men, along with being blamed for everyone else's problems, has pushed many of them to the brink, and beyond.

    June 7, 2013 at 10:15 | Report abuse | Reply
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  27. Ted Ward

    The triumph of the Frankfurt School is at hand. Western civilization is being destroyed. The 'fifty somethings" realize they have been sold a bill of goods by the pc left and sixties libs, their lives are crap and the country they once knew they don't recognize anymore. Plus, during their prime earning years they spent all their money on trendy, useless, consumer goods and credit card debt, been divorced, lost their homes, and now realize they have no real possibility of a retirement because they have saved little or nothing. Saving takes discipline, sacrifice, stable lives, and delaying gratification, none of which they've been able to accomplish. They have no deep spiritual connections to anything because "religion" has been so maligned and misrepresented in the media and in the schools and universities. So they come to the quite logical conclusion that they might just as well off themselves to avoid the embarrassement and indignity of poverty in their approaching senescence.

    June 7, 2013 at 10:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. might be me

    41yo teacher, stressed to the max, future looks grim, 2 choices;
    1. Opt out
    2. Michael Douglas "Falling Down" style breakdown

    June 7, 2013 at 10:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Dave

    Surely someone can suggest a partisan political explanation.

    June 7, 2013 at 10:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Karl

    Suicide rates peak in mid-life across all cultures for both men and women. This phenomenon has been seen in 70 different countries. There are hormonal and brain changes that occur in mid-life that may be responsible. In the US, the highest rate of suicide in men is around 53, for women it is early 40's with an average age for the whole population of 45.

    The good news is that if you can make it through mid-life and into your 70's, mood tends to improve significantly, matching that of early adulthood.

    My grandmother committed suicide at age 49, leaving behind her husband and 3 children–her family was devastated and have never gotten over the loss.

    June 7, 2013 at 10:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. T

    In the near future there will be an increase in 40,30 and 20 somethings committing suicide. The cycle will continue. As each 10 years goes by, everyone will get older, the cost for living will continue to climb,no wage increases so that your company can continue to compete with their own off-shore company offices,health costs will never stop climbing due to ambulance chasers and the get quick rich wannabes,the progress of education support of our public schools being controlled by their own states that do not have the money to support them due to tax payers losing their jobs, climbing unemployment, baby boomers having to start over, the threat of no social security. Can we come back from all this??? Hmm, Depressing isn't it?

    June 7, 2013 at 11:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Lorton

    This is the new "retirement." The Boomers get to rest in a condo in Florida, but the ones right behind them can only afford to rest in the ground.

    June 7, 2013 at 11:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tcp

      You DO know that the 50 somethings this article is primarily referring to ARE boomers don't you?

      June 7, 2013 at 11:32 | Report abuse |
  33. Mark Mann

    Socialism is the leading cause of suicide.

    People eventually refuse to support the beast, or give up on trying to get ahead when the beast refuses to let them.

    If people would do a socioeconomic study of those committing suicide they will likely find that they are well off members of the taxpaying community or were before their jobs were outsourced by Washington politicians. A disproportionate few will be welfare recipients.

    June 7, 2013 at 11:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CB

      Sounds more like Capitalism gone amuck than socialism.

      June 7, 2013 at 11:51 | Report abuse |
  34. nomoretraitors

    Rogue, time to put down the MSNBC koolaid and come out of your occupt tent to get some fresh air (and maybe a shower). The tea party has NOTHING to do with a rise in suicides. And as far as "crushing America financially," your socialist savior has added more to the national debt than all his predecessor combined (not that that excuse the GOP for their fiscal irresponsibility). That's what's crushing America financially.

    June 7, 2013 at 11:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. lexgreen

    Ok, so you have a crisis, then an intervention, and a suicide is prevented. Then what?

    June 7, 2013 at 11:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Norm

    Im thinking that the recent Wall Street criminal activity (still unpunished) that lost many people's retirement funds have had a huge impact on people who now see no retirement in their future and a life of hardship and financial struggle in their old age.
    But no one has answered for this or gone to jail or even been made to pay back the losses.
    Now do you wonder why 50 somethings are killing themselves?

    June 7, 2013 at 11:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Jan

    Suicide is just a symptom. The "tragedy" is not the high numbers of suicides, but rather the high rate of feeling so hopeless and helpless that death is actively sought. The feelings that fuel suicide have multiple causes, and the increase in suicides is a symptom of multiple failures of the dominant culture to meet the needs of people for feeling purposeful and hopeful and to love life. Pointing at just the economy or just religion or just lack of family/community support is just not the whole picture.

    June 7, 2013 at 11:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. DrDragster

    "no data has been collected on why"? How stupid can you be? how about the fact the companies like IBM have a habit of laying off older workers.. People are against the wall.. there is no way out when the job is gone, you're too hold to hire (over 40?) and you have kids in school and house payments.. Wanna know why? It's simople.. We allow companies to pander to wall street.. the collapse is coming.. the 55 crowd will be all unemployed and as the ship continues to sink.. IBM and others will run out of people to lay off.. then.. the collapse.

    June 7, 2013 at 11:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Helen

    It's the economy. Blame job outsourcing, big business, Wall Street and the Bush era.

    No hope of recovering for the abandoned American workers. Some are highly skilled
    but were tossed out so corporations could import cheap foreign IT workers under
    that bogus visa program and get tax breaks.

    The American Dream is DEAD for this age group. We got shafted.

    No mysteries here.

    June 7, 2013 at 11:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. tjp44

    suicide is painless my friends....but also the path to hell...................

    June 7, 2013 at 11:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Helen

    HOKA HEY!!!

    June 7, 2013 at 11:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. rty

    Cubs fans

    June 7, 2013 at 11:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Willy

    Life can be tough. I've had death in the family, been divorced and did not want it, been laid off from a job that I liked, struggled to pay the bills and had a child contract a chronic disease. I stopped asking "what next" because I did not want to know. I grieved for the lose of my family member, the lost marriage, the lost job and the sick child. Then I got cancer. I still miss the loved one. I learned from the divorce and met a new spouse. I got a much better job and my child is successfully treated with medicine. I was treated for the cancer and now I'm a survivor. I suppose I always have been. Faith in God and correct thinking got me through. But whether you have the first or not remember what someone once told me "pain is temporary, death is permanent".

    June 7, 2013 at 11:54 | Report abuse | Reply

      Beautiful response.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:14 | Report abuse |
  44. americathesuperficial

    WOW... no empathy anymore just bickering what good does that do. Not everyone who is a baby boomer is spoiled and lazy just like not all people on state aid are takers they are in need before you judge someone you should walk in there shoes. People love to play the blame game, You know at this point what difference does it make who is at fault. Instead why not try and make things better.

    June 7, 2013 at 11:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Alex

    It's really hard for a middle aged person to find work especially if they were laid off. Employers have preferred younger workers for some time, but it seems like the trend is much more pronounced these days. Not only are younger workers often cheaper, they are perceived as more tech savvy and easier to train. Not only that, but advertisers/TV/Movies really push the image of younger attractive people who have a lot of choices. Often, middle aged people are portrayed as being set in their careers, unable to change, non-sexual beings with few choices left. If you are middle aged and you have lost your job and your house–you're pretty much invisible. It's hard to fight against that sometimes.

    June 7, 2013 at 12:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Alex

    It's really hard for a middle aged person to find work especially if they were laid off. Employers have preferred younger workers for some time, but it seems like the trend is much more pronounced these days. Not only are younger workers often cheaper, they are perceived as more tech savvy and easier to train. Not only that, but advertisers/TV/Movies really push the image of younger attractive people who have a lot of choices. Often, middle aged people are portrayed as being set in their careers, unable to change, non-sexual beings with few choices left. If you are middle aged and you have lost your job and your house–you're pretty much invisible. It's hard to fight against that sometimes.

    June 7, 2013 at 12:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Malefique

    Life is short, and we all die – why rush it? Enjoy the tiny split second of existence you get, and don't worry – it will be over soon anyway.

    June 7, 2013 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Millenial

    Baby boomer generation is handed the greatest economy in the history of mankind and bankrupts it in less than 30 years. Now you want to kill yourselves in droves and reduce the number of retirees in the next 10 years thus mitigating the amount of welfare support you need from the younger generation? Thank you!!!!!

    June 7, 2013 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Loathstheright

    Well, when you work hard your entire life then have everything you have done destroyed by the Bush criminals and have to start over and can't find a job because of ageism, then, yeah, you might want to just off yourself than be homeless.

    June 7, 2013 at 12:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Ted

    sad story!

    June 7, 2013 at 12:35 | Report abuse | Reply
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