The multitude of potential variables driving the trend will need to be explored in future research, and Phillips currently has a grant from the American Foundation of Suicide to do just that.
“The recent increase among middle-aged adults indicates that suicide is causing a large public health burden in this age group that is not currently being addressed,” said Simon. “The findings underscore the importance of developing and evaluating prevention programs for this population, and it is important for mental health clinicians to be aware of these trends and to consider the mental health issues, stresses, and challenges that middle-aged adults are likely to face.”
*If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and visit online at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist and freelancer writer based in Atlanta.
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