Suicide up among U.S. middle-aged

AFP-JIJI

Suicide rates are rising dramatically among middle-aged Americans, according to U.S. government statistics, which show a 28 percent spike from a decade ago in the number of people taking their own lives.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the figures show more people taking their own lives than dying in car accidents, and attribute the increase to the sharp rise in suicides among adults aged 35 to 64. The number of Americans in that age range who took their own lives grew from 13.7 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 17.6 per 100,000 in 2010 — a 28 percent increase.

The rise was most dramatic among those in their 50s, who saw a nearly 50 percent jump in suicides.