Health
5:49 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Middle-Aged Suicide Rate Rises in Past Decade

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A government report says the rate of suicide among middle-aged Oklahomans rose 34.4 percent from 1999 to 2010.

The Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday that there were 231 suicides among the 35-64 age group in 1999 for a rate of 18.2 suicides per 100,000 population. The report says there were 345 suicides in that age group in 2010 for a rate of 24.4 per 100,000.

The CDC report is based on death certificates and says people ages 35 to 64 account for about 57 percent of suicides.

Nationwide the suicide rate among middle-aged Americans rose 28 percent during the decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis.