Middle-Aged Suicide Rate Surges

Tyler Durden's picture

The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28% in the last decade as the rates in younger and older people held steady. This period dominated by two stock market crashes, a real-estate crash, and a hyper-repressive Fed saw a stunning 40% surge in the suicide rate among 35-64 year old white men and women (with non-Caucasian rates steady). 39 out of 50 states registered a statistically significant increase in suicide rates among the middle-aged.

Suicide prevention efforts have tended to concentrate on teenagers and the elderly, but research over the past several years has begun to focus on the middle-aged. As AP reports, the CDC report contained surprising information about how middle-aged people kill themselves: During the period studied, hangings overtook drug overdoses in that age group, becoming the No. 2 manner of suicide. But guns remained far in the lead and were the instrument of death in nearly half of all suicides among the middle-aged.

During the 11-year period studied, suicide went from the eighth leading cause of death among middle-aged Americans to the fourth, behind cancer, heart disease and accidents. Today's payrolls data will do little to lift the spirits of the middle-aged worker; we live in cruel and unusual times.


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Freddie's picture

Hope & Change.    Getting the desired effect.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Obviously despair over "sitting on the sidelines" this whole time.

camaro68ss's picture

Suicide rates should go down now that the DOW is at 15k right? dont you feel the weath affect?

Hard1's picture

Not necesarily, people short the DOW are prime candidates now.

SilverIsKing's picture

Do these figures include those who have been 'suicided'?

HulkHogan's picture

Who cares. A .5 thousandths of a point increase is meaningless, unless I'm reading the chart wrong (22 deaths per 100,000 people).

Divided States of America's picture

This is troubling...i would have thought that people are buying guns to start a movement or revolution when the time comes....but if they using it to end their own life, then I am deeply dissappointed in society that they took the easy way out.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Aside from fetuses of all races, the middle-aged and the white are the two most reviled demographics in Obamerica. Everything Obama does is targeted at undermining, looting, and disempowering this group of people.

So, why should we be surprised when they start killing themselves more?

shovelhead's picture

If I voted on posts I would give you a down arrow for using 'disempowered'.

Almost as bad as disenfranchised.

Meaningless neologisms created by Sociology mavens.

TBT or not TBT's picture

How about "vilified"?     Obama's standard speech sets up an evil strawman with bad intentions or ideas, greediness, heartlessness etc.   This strawman in Obamerica is a whiter and bitter/clingier version of the dufus dad in our sitcoms and tv commercials.

Dealyer Turdin's picture

Eric Holder ain't exactly the Tooth Fairy

The Big Ching-aso's picture

Suicide's nothing more than a permanent form of suspended animation without an insurance pay-out.   I think I'll wait for a technological breakthrough and see if the future turns out better than now.

boogerbently's picture

They think their life is all about money.

Manthong's picture

..and if enough disgusting old white people stopped sending digital pledges anywhere it would bring the whole scam to a halt.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Dead on, chingaso! (pardon the pun.) That's my thinking exactly. People committing suicide is just another way to say "I'm taking my ball and going home." The game of the Living is completely voluntary. (Unless, of course, you happen to be a fetus with a narcissist mother.)

Not covered in this statistic is how many were suffering from a fatal and incurable illness which would only lead to nothing but pain and suffering or were facing a fate that they simply could not endure. For my part I simply couldn't off myself just yet. I've just signed up for diving lessons. I'm going after my boat that sank with some... valuable commodities on-board.

ian807's picture

You'll sing a different tune when you get into your 50s, get cancer and can't afford meaningful treatment (MD Anderson has been known to turn off chemo in the middle of a session on discovering that a patient was behind on payments). There are plenty of times when fighting chronic illness, bankruptcy and insurance companies simultaneously makes the prospect of a few years of extended life unappealing.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Chemo is what kills you when the cancer doesn't. It just takes slightly longer. So, getting "the chemo turned off" isn't really the issue...is it?

Spigot's picture

In the past year or so: Within my larger circles, two women committed suicide and 1 man attempted. There were a couple more in the larger neighborhood that I am aware of, and who knows how many people just stop taking their life sustaining meds or "overdose" by "accident" or "accidently" drive their car at 90 mph into a tree in a rural area (without signs they tried to avoid the collision). 1 business guy shot himself in the head due to failed business.

These stats are grossly under-reported. The above in an area of about 15,000 people and certainly not at all the total just those of whom I am aware (small fraction).

dryam's picture

The evidence that our social fabric is coming apart continues to mount.  Keep looking at the increasing number of disinfranchised black youth flash mobs indiscriminately going on violent rampages.  You won't hear the MSM talk too much about this because it's not PC.  Here's a website that talks about this, and a enlightening book about this topic.


knukles's picture

Well heavens to Betsy, as a casual observer of the human condition it's not hard to conclude such just by viewing the videos on a veritable plethora of local news web sites which cite riots, beatings, robberies and so on.  Just look at the perps!  They're there in Living Color!  They're just as often not middle class kids running the poochie to the parlor for her trim and wash, FFS.
They're clearly...  fill in whatever you desire on the blank canvas, here... clearly a disturbing element to society's civility and order ...
And yes, I am also personally acquainte with a number of WASP malefactors, as well

Unless now somebody's gonna start calling all the News Outlets Affiliated With the MSM "Conspiracy Theorists" or some such shit and claim that they're sneaking videos into the newscast to wrongly portray some particular "societal elements" as bad fucking actors, lawless and not the best idea in the world with whom to hang out drinking on a Saturday night....

Jesus people, its as clear as can be.
For right or wrong, whatever.  It is what it is, FFS

And the whole politically correct way this country goes about sweeping the elephants in the middle of the room under the rug is compounding the problem multi-fold.
It is by definition the whole reason for the failure to communicate.

derek_vineyard's picture

wonder what the suicide rate was during the nasdaq bubble---from those who didn't buy in, but thought they were left behind

Obadiah's picture

hey I m still here, but yeah I missed that one BIG TIME

knukles's picture

Me too.
Was one of them thingies I didn't understand and thus, did not participate in on the upside and by definition, missed the downside, too

And just think this morning I was thinkin' that this could go on for a while, by definition and some time, the Liquidity Effect will shift away from stawks to something else.... real estate maybe, commodities, maybe.... oh, sounds like tangibles, maybe?

It will ultimately.  It always does.
And right now, at this moment, gold an' silver are not the focal point of the pile on for the Liquidity Effect.
So be it....

That they aren't today is what it is and understandably.
That somewhere the PMs will be, is a pretty damned good bet, in my book. 
(LOL, in my book... ah, unintended, sorry)

SMG's picture



You'll feel much better after that, really.

Race Car Driver's picture

It's not misery. It's emptiness. It's becoming a full-fledged adult and finding out that the things that were promised to bring happiness and contentment - don't. That the rug of your future has been pulled out from underneath you. That there is no one or persons or organization to prevent the switch-o-change-o from what one grew up with - the promise that if you work hard you can achieve success and win prizes, prizes, prizes. That the last 50 years of radical change is nothing more than a yo-yo ride and the distractions and thrills are now mundane and boring. The sex, drugs and rock-n-roll didn't make life magical and happy. The material things didn't make life anymore enjoyable - in fact, it just makes things a more complicated hassle. For those who made the decisions to have a family, they're finding out that their kids really aren't theirs and easily become absorbed into a rotten construct of a culture and can be far more problems than good. Many are divorced and disillusioned and don't trust the other gender.

It's not misery. It's depression due to a bleak outlook of the future and an increasingly corrupt wasteland of a culture that leads folks to take themselves out of the game.

Perhaps the promised view just hasn't necessarily been worth the climb.


fonzannoon's picture

Once you come to the conclusion that nothing is promised it makes it easier to deal with reality.

" For those who made the decisions to have a family, they're finding out that their kids really aren't theirs"

I down arrowed you because you will never, ever even come close to pursuading me of that.

Other than that, I hear what you are saying and I hope you find good in someone or something.

Race Car Driver's picture

> I down arrowed you because you will never, ever even come close to pursuading me of that.

Understood. You're very fortunate.

Tho, these are just my opinions - I'm not trying to persuade anyone that family doesn't matter or isn't worth having. Not by a long shot. If anything is gonna improve, it has to start there, at the family level.

I'm really just lamenting that this core of humanity - the family - has been ripped to shreds over the last century by a handful of perverse psychopaths and - in my observations/experience - good relations with relations is one of the hardest, stress and anxiety-causing things to maintain here in the future. 

shovelhead's picture


I really would rather not care but I'm too apathetic to change.

Race Car Driver's picture

Concur - but 'these guys' are exactly part of the problem. What they do is absolutely insidious.

Look at either one's politics and actions off screen and lament the fall of Western civilization. What makes them so poisonous is what they say on the screen has nothing to do with what they believe. Mouth-breathers don't understand that and think the role-player is the person. Who doesn't like - or wanna be like - Morgan Freeman or Brad Pitt?

These guy's are change agents - and that's really what they get paid the big bucks for. Both are exceptionally good at deception. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

What are Brad Pitt's politics?   The wife likes her Desert Eagles and I though she caught some flack in the UK saying yeah, sure she'd shoot a home invader.    Probably doesn't make her a 2A absolutist, and you'd have to watch what that UN flacking she does means.   The UN is an awful, anti-humanitarian organisation by its very conception.   Brad Pitt I haven't heard anything about.  

Of course Morgan Freeman has been full retard for Ogabe, and casually. as-a-matter-of-factly venomous against The One's strawman racially motivated opposition, whereas what we(Americans who like the Constitution and limited government) don't like about The One is that he is a demagogue, has no proven executive or legislative experience(even now). and is oh I forgot, anti-American.   You know, gets on well with the Saul Alinsky/Noam Chomsky/Jeremiah Wright style of activist lefty tear-it-all-down spewage.

shovelhead's picture

Smell the coffee Race.

These guys are ACTORS mouthing LINES someone wrote.

No sane person wants to BE Brad Pitt or Morgan Freeman. THEY'RE ACTORS telling a story the   producers want you to spend money to see.

Ya know, make believe? Fiction?

Change agents....ROFL.

Dog help us.

Cathartes Aura's picture

shhhh, careful, you'll wake up a Tyler. . .

"You see how everything you can ever accomplish will end up as trash {...}
And I'm lost inside

"My father never went to college so it was really important I go to college. After college, I called him long distance and said, now what?
My dad didn't know, so he said get a job.
When I got a job and turned twenty-five, long distance, I said, now what? My dad didn't know, so he said, get married.
I'm a thirty-year-old boy, and I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer I need."

"Nothing is static. Everything is falling apart. I know this because Tyler knows this."

"Maybe self-improvement isn't the answer, maybe self-destruction is the answer."

"The mechanic says, 'If you’re male and you’re Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And if you never know your father, if your father bails out or dies or is never at home, what do you believe about God?'"


culture is in-formed by it's media.  the "media" is the message.  while no sane person wants to be Brad Pitt, plenty of worshiping the Idea-l still happens.  look around you.

culture sells the Ideal, which of course is unobtainable, because culture is advertising, so the stick 'n' carrot are always held just out of reach, keep the aspiration-all working HARD for their STUFF - and that's what keeps the system afloat, the pursuit of STUFF - work, pay taxes, whatever's left, buy STUFF.  hello, Fight Club?

we're just coming to the later stages where the work that pays is being sent to the next farm, fatten up the next feedlot for slaughter. here, you're either on the ramp to the slaughterhouse, or you're smart enough to *disappear* to accept response-ability for your own life.   the smart folks adapt to survive, those who can't, don't.

aaaaand, *SCENE*

BandGap's picture

The only core you have to keep going is your own. The only family you have to keep unified is your own. After that just do as we have been shown - love one another as we do ourselves.

I am 52 and have never contemplated suicide. I can only pray for those having the despair that would allow this. When all else looks dark as shit know this - he loves us all.

Freddie's picture


Done by TV and Hollywood.   If people watch it - they support it.

Pseudo Anonym's picture

up arrowed for this:

" For those who made the decisions to have a family, they're finding out that their kids really aren't theirs"

we're slaves and our kids are slave children that belong to the state.  to the state, we are legal persons with legal personalities who were issued birth certificate, licenses, etc.  thus, we and our kids are the creatures of the state, the state's property.

fonzannoon's picture

I understand the general point, all I am saying is you are not speaking for me.

Pseudo Anonym's picture

fair enough.  but the reality is this:  you may not have kids, but you are state's property.  the state issued a birth certificate for you and thus created a legal fiction (a legal person with legal personality), a corporation sole, your corporation.  every time you acknowledge you are the name on your birth certificate (incorporating document), you unwittingly acknowledged you are a legal person; as opposed to a human being, a flesh and blood individual.  your corporation is immortal and exists until is deleted by its creator, the state.  you, the human being, a creature of your maker, lives and dies.  it is mortal.  are we on the same page?

Nick Jihad's picture

Count me in. I did everything right when i was young - studied hard, good career, and ended up as every-other-weekend-dad, with my paycheck garnished for child support. And yeah, it is depressing and disillusioning.

But until you see that life is good, even without the material rewards you expected, then the disillusioning process is incomplete.

Yes_Questions's picture



My ex would have been suicided had garnishment for child support been even a remote possibility.

That's how I felt at the time at least, and it was a time I definetly began to feel a Lack of Meaning the break up of my marriage brought to light.

The emptiness one feels before suicide.  Didn't quite go as far as contemplation, but I think I know the early parts.


Oh, and Ex and Child doing fine.


Room 101's picture

And I down arrowed you for extreme naivete. If you think your kids are actually yours, ask anyone who has had CPS take an interest in their childraising technique. Matter of fact, we had a good story a few days ago right here on ZH about a Russian family in californication who decided that maybe their baby didn't need open heart surgery and had the sheer temerity to want a second opinion.    

fonzannoon's picture

Pardon me if I don't take every single thing I read on this site completely on it's face. Perhaps "Simon Black" may have cherry picked some info and left out other stuff...or is that just the MSM that does that?  But again....If I were extremely naive I would not repeat over and over that I get the general point of what everyone is saying on here.