Suicide Rates On The Rise For Middle Aged Americans

By: Alyssa Marsico

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio1020 KDKA) – The Center for Disease Control put out a report stating that suicide rates among middle aged Americans are on the rise.

They have tracked a 28% increase in Americans aged 35-64 over a ten year period from 1999 to 2010.

Dr. Thomas Simon joins Bill Rehkopf on the Afternoon News to talk about the findings. He tells KDKA that some of the contributing factors they found could be related to the economic downturn or commonly overlooked challenges that most middle aged Americans go through.

Also joining the Afternoon News was local psychologist, Dr. Paul Friday. He tells KDKA that a majority of suicides are caused by depression and that depression is is treatable but that “suicide is such a complex human behavior we can not afford to simplify it”

You can hear more below.

Also you can listen to the Afternoon News weekdays on NewsRadio1020 KDKA 3pm to 7pm.

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