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Comrade Crapski
09-23-2012, 03:59 AM
More Americans now commit suicide than die in car crashes as miserable economy takes its toll



By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:10:03 EST, 22 September 2012| UPDATED: 00:43 EST, 23 September 2012

Suicide is a bigger killer than car crashes, according to an alarming new study.

The number of people dying from suicide has drastically increased, while car accident deaths haven lessened, making suicide the leading cause of injury death.

Suicides via falls or poisoning have risen significantly and experts fear there could be en more going unrecognised, specifically in cases of overdose.

The number of car crashes has declined, while suicides have increased.

Suicides are terribly under-counted,' said Ian Rockett, author of the study, published on Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health.

'I think the problem is much worse than official data would lead us to believe. We have a situation that has gotten out of hand.'

Researchers noted a 25 per cent decrease in car accident deaths, medicalxpress.com reported, while deaths from falls rose 71 per cent, from poisoning 128 per cent and from suicide 15 per cent.

Higher automobile standards were credited for the traffic deaths drop, with harsher penalties for underage drinking and failing to wear seat belts named as contributing factors.

Previous research has suggested that suicide rates go up during recessions and times of economic crisis.

'Economic problems can impact how people feel about themselves and their futures as well as their relationships with family and friends,' Feijun Luo of CDCís Division of Violence Prevention told Bloomberg.

'Prevention strategies can focus on individuals, families, neighborhoods or entire communities to reduce risk factors.'


The shift makes suicide the most frequent cause of injury deaths, followed by car crashes, poisoning, falls and murder.

The study also looked at gender and race, concluding that fewer women die from the top four causes than men, while Hispanics have fewer car crashes and suicides than whites but a higher murder rate.

In 2009, more than 37,000 Americans took their own lives, a number that the government and private groups such as Facebook are fighting to lower.

A suicide prevention programme is being launched under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, backed by $56 million of federal money.


The Act was signed by George Bush in 2004, in memory of suicide-victim Garrett, son of former U.S. Senator Gordon Smith.

Speaking at a September 10 news conference Smith said: 'Our goal is, in the next five years, we will save 20,000 human lives.

'This issue touches nearly every family. It is something we can do something about. It's the work of angels.'

Lanny Berman, executive director of the American Association of Suicidology, said while much is known about how to prevent suicides there are 'centuries of stigmatic attitudes' that need to be overcome.

'Both global and national increases in the number and rate of suicides should concern all of us,' he added, pushing for a 'collaborative effort to turn these many lives from despair and hopelessness to ones of meaning and brighter futures'.


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Hopey Change! :thumb:

Aries Walker
09-23-2012, 08:14 AM
I just want to point out a few things.

- The statistics are from 2009, just as the crash was hitting.

- Government regulation is a big part of "higher automobile standards", which the article credits with the reduction in the car-accident fatality rate.

- There is no journal regarding causes of death in the US, nor are there any articles by Ian Rockett, in the AJPH's September (http://ajph.aphapublications.org/toc/ajph/102/9) or October (http://ajph.aphapublications.org/toc/ajph/102/10) issues. Ian Rockett is a medical professor at WVU (http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/icrc/Pages/Faculty-Staff/WVU-Faculty-Affiliates/Ian-Rockett), so it's entirely possible that he wrote such a survey, but the article does not correctly attribute its source, so we don't know where the theoretical article is, and therefore can't check it.

- The number of suicides in 2009 is reported as "over 37,000" when it is actually 36,909 (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm), which is a 1.7% increase (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_03.pdf) from 2008 (see page 14 of the link), not a 15% one.

- The 15% increase is from 2000 to 2009 (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_03.pdf) (see Table 9, page 85), which is to say the Bush era.

- "Accidents (unintentional injuries)" - which is the standard way the CDC records their death rate - is still way ahead of suicides, but the article breaks it down into subcategories of 'accident' in order to set suicide (which it does not break down) above them all.

- Facebook is not a private suicide-prevention group.

The article misrepresents the data. Unreliable. Move on.

Dick Bull
09-23-2012, 08:20 AM
I just want to point out a few things.

- The statistics are from 2009, just as the crash was hitting.

- Government regulation is a big part of "higher automobile standards", which the article credits with the reduction in the car-accident fatality rate.

- There is no journal regarding causes of death in the US, nor are there any articles by Ian Rockett, in the AJPH's September (http://ajph.aphapublications.org/toc/ajph/102/9) or October (http://ajph.aphapublications.org/toc/ajph/102/10) issues. Ian Rockett is a medical professor at WVU (http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/icrc/Pages/Faculty-Staff/WVU-Faculty-Affiliates/Ian-Rockett), so it's entirely possible that he wrote such a survey, but the article does not correctly attribute its source, so we don't know where the theoretical article is, and therefore can't check it.

- The number of suicides in 2009 is reported as "over 37,000" when it is actually 36,909 (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm), which is a 1.7% increase (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_03.pdf) from 2008 (see page 14 of the link), not a 15% one.

- The 15% increase is from 2000 to 2009 (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_03.pdf) (see Table 9, page 85), which is to say the Bush era.

- "Accidents (unintentional injuries)" - which is the standard way the CDC records their death rate - is still way ahead of suicides, but the article breaks it down into subcategories of 'accident' in order to set suicide (which it does not break down) above them all.

- Facebook is not a private suicide-prevention group.

The article misrepresents the data. Unreliable. Move on.

That's the first thing I noticed as well.

JASONSAUTO
09-23-2012, 08:23 AM
Must be a lot of house painting going on
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Slainte
09-23-2012, 09:41 AM
God's way of thinning the herd...

Brock
09-23-2012, 10:30 AM
I had a friend commit suicide not long ago. The reason he gave, such as it was, was his financial downturn and his worries over it. However, my feeling on it was that he just quit. Money is temporal and meaningless when you get beyond having just enough to get by and is not a valid reason. The guy left behind a family, his problems are over, but theirs remain, along with the burden of confusion, guilt, and grief.

stevieray
09-23-2012, 10:39 AM
I had a friend commit suicide not long ago. The reason he gave, such as it was, was his financial downturn and his worries over it. However, my feeling on it was that he just quit. Money is temporal and meaningless when you get beyond having just enough to get by and is not a valid reason. The guy left behind a family, his problems are over, but theirs remain, along with the burden of confusion, guilt, and grief.

solid post

Bump
09-23-2012, 10:58 AM
not having enough money does make you pretty damn depressed when it happens. But I'd rather take my chances trying to survive in the wilderness, Les Stroud style than commit suicide, come on.

BIG_DADDY
09-23-2012, 05:19 PM
I had a friend commit suicide not long ago. The reason he gave, such as it was, was his financial downturn and his worries over it. However, my feeling on it was that he just quit. Money is temporal and meaningless when you get beyond having just enough to get by and is not a valid reason. The guy left behind a family, his problems are over, but theirs remain, along with the burden of confusion, guilt, and grief.

It's a bunch of selfish BS. Had an ex-employee do it ahile back leaving a beautiful wife and 6 year old boy. It broke my heart going to that funeral.