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September is Suicide Prevention Month.
The rates of suicide among baby boomers, especially baby boomer men, are up sharply.
The suicide rate for adults aged 35 to 64 years in the United States increased from 1999 to 2010, rising 28 percent to 17.6 for every 100,000 people, according to the article “Boomers Face a Greater Risk of Depression and Suicide.”
“Traditionally, suicide prevention efforts have been focused mostly on youths and older adults, but recent evidence suggests that there have been substantial increases in suicide rates among middle-aged adults in the U.S.,” according to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The suicide of Robin Williams brought attention to the increase in suicide rates among boomers.
“The trend started a decade before the 2008 recession, and some psychologists and academics say it may stem from a complex set of issues particular to a generation that grew up during the 1950s and '60s, when the country seemed to hold a limitless array of possibilities,” said the Washington Post article “Robin Williams’s Death Shows the Power of Depression and the Impulsiveness of Suicide.”