The suicide rate for baby boomers is increasing, says a study published in the September/October issue of Public Health Reports. Researchers from Rutgers University and Emory University studied data from the National Center for Health Statistics and found boomers reversed a "long-standing trend" of decreasing suicide rates.
"Following a period of stability or decline, suicide rates have climbed since 1988 for males aged 40–49 years, and since 1999 for females aged 40–59 years and males aged 50–59 years," the authors wrote. Furthermore, in the early '90s a "crossover" occurred and now the 40-49 year old cohort has a higher suicide rate than the older cohort.
From 1995 to 2005, the suicide rate for boomer men increased 2% per year; the suicide rate for women was slightly higher at 3%.
And while it may be easy to presume boomers' dismay is a result of the recession, researchers found a link between people who knew someone in their adolescent years to commit suicide and those likely to commit suicide as an adult.