There was shocking news Monday about the number of women committing suicide. The numbers are way up, according to new research.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the nation's death rates between 1999 and 2004 and found an unusually large jump in suicides among middle-age Americans, especially women.
The latest research says in a five-year period, suicides in the 45 to 55 age group climbed 31 percent.
In Pittsburgh Four Allegheny Center in the North Side, people come three to four times a week to sort out their lives. There, they find they are not alone and there are solutions to their pain, and suicide is not the answer to crisis.
"We reach out to them and make sure they know that there are things that can be done to help them feel better so they don't have to get to the point where these kinds of options seem to make sense to them," said director of intensive psychiatric day treatment, Dr. Nancy Kennedy.
New research suggests there is more reason to reach out to the nation's middle- age Americans than ever before. According to the CDC, the suicide rate among 45- to 54-year-olds increased almost 20 percent from 1999 to 2004, which was the latest year studied.
But the rate for 15- to 19-year-old climbed less than 2 percent in the same period and actually dropped among those 65 and older. But the rate among women 45 to 54 shot up 35 percent.
But why? Experts said they believe women in that age group have specific stressors peculiar to women in that age group.
The stress of living and coping with life in today's world is not about to end, and experts said the suicide rate might continue to climb. So it's important to watch out for unusual changes among middle-age people, including drinking alone, withdrawing to themselves and loss of interest in things they once enjoyed. It requires careful observation and a willingness to reach out and help.
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