Suicide rate rises among middle-aged Americans
POSTED: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 6:34pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 11:13am
Tyler, Tx — According to a report release by the government Thursday, the suicide rate among middle aged Americans climbed twenty eight percent in the past decade, making it the nation's 10th leading cause of death.
According to clinical psychologist Dr. Bob Sperry, "Approximately four times as many women attempt suicide as men but approximately four times as many men complete a suicide as women."
Many theorists blame the recession and the mortgage crisis for this drastic increase in suicides, and psychologists agree; failing finances can make many feel hopeless. Dr. Sperry goes on to say, "They feel like things are permanently that way and they're not going to improve so they so they think that the only way to end that. Is to end their own life."
Although the economy might add to depression, experts say there are usually many other contributing factors that lead to the final act of suicide."Most of the people we see have had a series of bad events happen in their life so it's really difficult to tell what the cause is.."
Whatever the cause of this severe depression might be, there are ways to help someone before they hurt themselves. Dr. Sperry suggests to, "emphasize the effect that it would have on their loved ones..a lot of time people think if they kill themselves it really won't matter to other people but they need to emphasize the permanent effect of that loss on family members on their children on other people who will never get over that."