Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kalter: Suicide rate skyrockets among middle-aged men

Via InstapunditSuicide prevention efforts in the Bay State are targeting male-dominated industries like construction in an attempt to slow skyrocketing rates among middle-aged men — a troubling trend highlighted by the recent death of 52-year-old Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, advocates say.

Friends and family of the prolific rock singer were stunned when he was found dead last week in a Detroit hotel room, which the medical examiner determined was a suicide.

“When someone famous kills himself, just like when someone famous dies of a heroin overdose, people say, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ People don’t realize how enormous of a problem suicide is for middle-aged men in America and in Massachusetts,” said Franklin Cook, director of community outreach for MassMen.org, which provides prevention resources to men struggling with suicidal thoughts.

The suicide rate in Massachusetts rose by 40 percent between 2004 and 2014, due in large part to the number of middle-aged men taking their lives.

Men 35-64 accounted for 44 percent of the total number of Bay State suicides in 2014. That toll rises to 67 percent for men 25-64.

“The increased numbers of fatalities is being driven by men in their middle years,” Cook said.

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6 comments:

edutcher said...

Well, it is the People's Republic.

Leland said...

RIP Bob Owens

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Connect the dots...

ricpic said...

I wonder how many of those men had been stripped of everything by the strange and horrible Family Court judges?

Rene Saunce said...

Men are just throw-away.

Hillary and her asshole fem-o-followers agree.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

It's not just middle aged men...