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Medical News & Perspectives
November 5, 2014

Rate of Suicide Increases in Middle Age: Primary Care Key to Suicide Prevention

JAMA. 2014;312(17):1727-1728. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12816

The recent suicide death of comedian Robin Williams drew attention to a worrisome public health trend: a rising rate of suicide among middle-aged individuals.

An analysis by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a 28.4% increase in suicides between 1999 and 2010 among people aged 35 to 64 years (Sullivan EM et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2013;62[17]:321-325). During that period, suicide rates for men aged 50 to 59 years increased by about 50%, and the rate for women aged 60 to 64 years grew nearly 60%.