According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates among middle age American adults are on the rise.
Over the course of the last decade, the rate of suicide among adults ages 35 to 64 increased 28 percent, from 13.7 suicides per 100,000 people in 1999 to 17.6 suicides per 100,000 in 2010. The largest increases in suicide were seen among people ages 55 to 59 (a 49 percent increase) and ages 50 to 54 (a 48 percent increase).
Firearms were the most common way that people committed suicide (8.3 suicides per 100,000 people), followed by hanging/suffocation (4.1 suicides per 100,000 people), and poisoning (3.8 suicides per 100,000 people). During the study period, the rate of suicide from hanging/suffocation also increased 81 percent.
Linda Degutis, director of the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said in a statement that while suicide prevention efforts have typically targeted the young and old, these findings suggest that it is important for prevention strategies "to address the types of stressors that middle aged Americans might be facing."