Suicide rate has increased about 28% among middle-aged adults (baby boomer generation) in the US over the last decade as published in the CDC MMWR 5/3 issue. Among racial/ethnic populations, the greatest increase were observed among American Indian/Alaska Natives and whites with mechanism ranging from suffocation, poisoning and firearms.
The report acknowledged that most suicide research and prevention efforts have focused on youths and older adults rather the 35-64 age groups. Economic challenges, job loss, social support, community connectedness, intimate partner problems or violence, the stress of caregiver responsibilities (often for children and aging parents), mental health, substance use, and declining health or chronic health problems are key issues to address.
Unfortunately, for those who are socioeconomically depressed, they are also being reminded of their political disadvantages--examples of the selective budget sequestration effects and actions or lack of by Congress. The poor will experience hardship from funding cuts to programs like Head Start, food pantries, Meals on Wheels and unemployment benefits while many of us are thankful for swift action to prevent furloughs for FAA personnel and flight delays.
Sequestration and cancer treatment, Medicare cuts...that's an
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