When we think of suicide we think ofyoung adults; adolescents who have lost their way and are addicts or youngpeople who suffer a huge blow and no longer have a family to go home to or aplace to live. The new picture ofsuicide is changing and the number of lives taken among baby boomers or middleage adults has grown extraordinarily. According to the CDC (Center for DiseaseControl), from 2000 to 2010 the suicide rate among Americans aged 35 to 64 roseby 30%. Both men and women commit suicide, but more men take their own lives.The most pronounced increases were seen among men in their 50's with a suiciderate jumping to nearly 50%.
The CDC offers several hypotheses withwhat is behind the high suicide rate in baby boomers. The boomers are the generation taking care ofeverything. They have their family, their aging parents, their kid's collegeexpenses as well as their own careers and spouses to take care of. Tougheconomic conditions as well as the wide spread use of Oxy Contin and otheropioid drugs are easily prescribed and are lethal at high doses. The CDC alsoprojects that this high suicide rate is much higher than what is actuallyreported, and they see the trend continuing with changes in marriage, socialisolation and a shift in family roles.
If you are concerned about suicidal feelingsyou are having or someone you love is having, urgency is important. The chancefor suicide is greater if you suffered a loss, feel isolated, suffered apainful loss or feel that there is an impending change that you cannot dealwith.
These are very typical suicidewarnings that you may see:
Thisnumber has a licensed counselor available 24/7 and they can help you stay safe.1-800-273-TALK (8255). Or go on line for more information: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Specific to Houston: HoustonArea Suicide Prevention Houstonareasuicideprevention@gmail.com
When someone is actively suicidal they are no longer thinking rationallyor beyond the moment. They feel unable to deal with the pain of their situationand are searching for relief. With support, counseling and medical care theycan work through the issues that seem overwhelming during the moment. If yousee a posting on Facebook or Twitter that you are concerned with, you can alertauthorities for a stranger, but if you know them, offer to help them helpthemselves. A suicide notice is a warning that the person does not want to dowhat they are planning on doing. –Mary Jo Rapini
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