Is there something about living in midlife now that makes more people want to die?
May is Mental Health Month. Our collective mental health is a crucial topic for us to discuss all the time. May gives us a great excuse to take a deeper look. What we’re seeing is not pretty.
Sharp rise in midlife suicides
It’s a stark, distressing question that many researchers and mental health experts are asking now as studies are being released like this one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as reported by one of my favorite writers, Tara Parker-Pope in The New York Times, in a story headlined:
“Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade, prompting concern that a generation of baby boomers who have faced years of economic worry and easy access to prescription painkillers may be particularly vulnerable to self-inflicted harm.
More people now die of suicide than in car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the findings in Friday’s issue of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In 2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides.”