Middle Age Suicide Rate Rises

Recent report released Tuesday of this week showed the suicide rate in the USA rose by about 25 percent, fueled by middle-aged whites.


Now before you go blaming the economy or the president, or real estate market or stock market you need to know that this was for the period of 1999 – 2005.  Come on…those were some darn good years – so what’s up?


Middle-age men continue to kill themselves at a much higher rate than middle-age women (no wonder we’re outnumbered).  Suicide rates fell slightly among blacks and Asians of all ages, as well as among white teenagers and fell among adults younger than 40 as well as people older than 65.


But the number of white people 40 – 64 who took their own lives increased to 17.5 for every 100,000 people in 2005 and was 14.9 per 100,000 people in 1999.


What do you make of this info taken from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine?


Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors