There is new research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Injury Research and Policy.
According to the research, the rate of suicide in the United States has risen for the first time in a decade. Middle-age white men and women ages 40-64, are driving the increase.
According to the study, the overall suicide rate rose 0.7 percent (over the study period). There was an increase of 3.9 percent for the women and 2.7 for the men.
The researchers say that these findings are important because suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States and that prevention programs that were once focused on teens, young adults and the elderly will now have to be refocused.
The researches do not explain why the suicide rate is up among my demographic. More research is needed.
However, I can tell you why, at least some of the reasons for the rising suicide rates.
First of all, we are part of the baby boom generation. That is, there are more of us to count in general so you’ll probably find more of us doing a lot of things than in previous generations.
We were a transition generation. That is, our mothers stayed at home and cooked and cleaned while we were told to prepare for the workforce because we could do both, run a home and bring home the bacon. This was a controversial issue when my kids were young. Moms were always judged on “what do you do?” which had better not be “stay at home mom”. If you answered “stay at home mom” you had better have one heck of a clean house in case some one ever dropped by, which never happens.
We are the caught in the middle generation.
Besides having a job, raising children, taking care of the house, we are now have a new problem: our aging parents. Let’s face it, social security ain’t doing it all for them and while they are aging we must shoulder some responsibility. To many of of us, we are raising our children and our parents.
We were the first generation to be taken in by the credit philosophy of payment
When are parents were coming into adulthood they did not have a wallet full of credit. They were raised during the depression and they knew the value of a dollar. Trust me, they kept the heat turned low, paid off loans asap, and didn’t have a need for more than 5 pairs of shoes.
The baby boom generation was told you can have whatever you want and show the world that you have made it by living beyond your means. Credit got too easy, as we are now finding out.
And..We are aging.
Many baby boomers are retiring or thinking about retirement. After seeing what is going on with our parents, the economy and the ever looming question of social security still being there when we get older, we are scared. Will our children take care of us?
So yeah, there are a lot of reasons why the baby boomer generation may be the new suicide generation.