New reports show spike in suicides

NEWSCENTER 23
News

POSTED: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 3:29pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 6, 2013 - 5:56pm

A new report from The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention shows the number of suicides among middle-aged Americans increased nearly 30% between 1999 and 2010.

Dr. Ileana Arias is Principle Deputy Director of CDC and she says,  "Enhancing a sense of social support so that people feel connected to friends, connected to family, a sense of belonging in their community is effective in reducing the risk for suicide."

Shockingly reports find that suicide deaths have now surpassed car crash fatalities.  Experts say the toughest part for those struggling with tendencies is coming forward to receive help.

Kim Nguyen-Finn is a Counselor at UTPA Psychological Services. Nguyen-Finn says, "A lot of the time they are ashamed people are embarrassed to say what they are thinking, they don't want people to think they are crazy, they are afraid somebody is not going to take them seriously."

Health problems and caring for both children and aging parents are also potential stressors for middle-aged people.

Psychologists say the potential reasons for the increase in suicide can be complex, but they definitely believe that the economy can certainly be a factor.

And that may be causing an increase in suicides nationally. Like this scene: flowers left at what was a family's home...crime scene tape around another.  "We have a dead body in one of our rooms here."

All places in which adults took their lives, police said it was because they'd been struggling financially.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK.

Comments News Comments

Post new Comment