“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. suicide rates appear to be on the rise, driven mostly by middle-aged white women, researchers reported on Tuesday.
“They found a disturbing increase in suicides between 1999 and 2005 and said the pattern had changed in an unmistakable way — although the reasons behind the change are not clear.
“The overall suicide rate rose 0.7 percent during this time, but the rate for white men aged 40 to 64 rose 2.7 percent and for middle-aged women 3.9 percent, the team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found.
“‘The biggest increase that we have seen between 1999 and 2005 was the increase in poisoning suicide in women — that went up by 57 percent,’ said Susan Baker, a professor in injury prevention with a special expertise in suicide.”
Middle-aged women drive rise in U.S. suicides: study, By Maggie Fox, Reuters, October 21, 2008
Shit. According to this article, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. WTF? I’d put a Bertolt Brecht reference here, but even I think that would be in bad taste.