In the United States over the past decade, the rate of suicide has risen sharply. Although it rose among all age groups during this period, it shot up dramatically in two groups:
- in the 35-64 age group, suicide increased 30 percent, and
- among men in their fifties, it increased 50 percent.
Today, suicide deaths per year (38,364) exceed deaths per year due to auto accidents (33,687). (1)