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New Suicide Study – Region Makes a Difference

Author: Martha Shaw
Published: October 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Have you ever felt like you just could NOT take it anymore? Have you contemplated just GIVING UP and ending it all? You are not alone. In fact, it might shock you to know just how many have from time to time felt the pain of a burden too heavy to carry and contemplated ending it all. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study, over 8 million Americans have considered suicide in just this past year alone. That number is staggering, and yet maybe, just maybe, it will also open our eyes as well. The study provides helpful insight. "This report highlights that we have opportunities to intervene before someone dies by suicide," CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, said in a statement. "We can identify risks and take action before a suicide attempt takes place."

In conducting this study, the CDC sought to identify which groups were more likely to take their own lives. Previous data showed that approximately 35,000 of us commit suicide each year. This study was recently published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The subjects included 90,000 American Adults.

This was a state-by-state study and was the first to examine suicide before it happens. Region did appear to be a factor among those who contemplated suicide. Some significant findings include:

• Rhode Island had the highest number of folks contemplating or attempting suicide
• Delaware had the least suicide attempts
• Rates appeared much higher in the West and Midwestern states
• States in the South and Northeast had much lower rates
• Georgians also were among the least in attempts and in thoughts of suicide
• Adult males had the highest rates of death by suicide
• Adolescents and females had the highest rates of contemplating suicide

Researchers need more study to come up with specific reasons why there’s such a difference from one state to another and at this point can only question whether demographics may be a factor. Read more about this study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


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Article Author: Martha Shaw

A freelance writer and part time teacher of creative writing now living in Charleston South Carolina, I was raised in MA where my previous career was as a banking professional. I was also formerly a columnist for the Chelsea Weekly Newspaper. …

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