In reading this, it is astonishing to me that this article doesn’t even mention Veterans who die at a rate of 22 a day from suicide.
Some research suggests suicides increase during hard economic times, but this trend has persisted before, during, and after the recession of 2007-2009. Some experts have said the sale and abuse of prescription painkillers in the last decade have been a contributing factor.
Whatever the reason, “it’s kind of surprising,” said Solveig Cunningham, an Emory University researcher who has studied death rates during eras of financial hardship.
The overall statistics suggest our society is getting better at medically managing conditions like diabetes and heart disease, she said. But maybe “we’re not able to manage mental health as well, resulting in devastating results” the increasing suicide rate, she said.
The CDC report compiles information from all U.S. death certificates from 2012. Researchers use the death rates to project how long people will live.