One of the highest rates in the country’s modern history, he said, was in 1932, during the Great Depression, when the rate was 22.1 per 100,000, about 70 percent higher than in 2014.
“There was a consistent pattern,” he said, which held for all ages between 25 and 64. “When the economy got worse, suicides went up, and when it got better, they went down.”
But other experts pointed out that the unemployment rate had been declining in the latter period of the study, and questioned how important the economy was to suicide.
The gap in suicide rates for men and women has narrowed because women’s rates are increasing faster than men’s. But men still kill themselves at a rate 3.6 times that of women. Though suicide rates for older adults fell over the period of the study, men over 75 still have the highest suicide rate of any age group — 38.8 per 100,000 in 2014, compared with just four per 100,000 for their female counterparts.
Connies’s comments why others commit suicide
Many attribute the high incidence of suicides from prevalence of guns, increasing poverty, economic loss, isolation, emotionally bullied, body image poor belief, media ideation, over-medications and drugs, bodily pain from aging and poor health, lack of care and empathy from people around us and others as unexplained. In my religious upbringing, it is believed that our soul cannot enter heaven if we commit suicide. As caregivers spend more time with their aging clients, they encounter many who are feeling lonely and suicidal especially when in pain.
Those who I met in their 40s or 20s are feeling no love hormone. Is it because when they were born, there mothers are not giving them all the love and bonding that they need? No one can explain. I suggest that all mothers should massage their newborn, sleep with them, breastfeed and give unconditional love and care.
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