Skip to comments.More Americans Now Commit Suicide Than Die in Car Crashes as Miserable Economy Takes Its Toll
Posted on 09/22/2012 10:38:53 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
$56 million suicide prevention programme launched as study reveals more Americans take their own lives than die in car crashes
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.
'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.'
He added that his goal is to see the same attention paid to other injuries as has been paid to traffic injuries.
The results were compiled using National Centre for Health Statistics data gathered from 2000 to 2009.
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 CDCs Division of Violence Prevention told Bloomberg.
'Prevention strategies can focus on individuals, families, neighborhoods or entire communities to reduce risk factors.'
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They won't say why, but it's partly because of leftists, motivated by size envy, have forced more Americans into smaller cars.
‘Suicides are terribly under-counted,’
I often wonder what the real story is when I read an obit in the local paper like this...
“John Doe, age 40, died at his home this week...”
Beautiful scenery ruined by a crappy suicide story.
***There’s only one rational solution: Outlaw Suicide! /sarc ***
Reminds me of a line in the movie A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM with ZERO MOSTEL.
A young man tries to commit suicide and is warned by Zero...”It’s against the law in ROME to commit suicide! The penalty is death!”
I wonder how many fatal single car accidents are actually suicides?
Like this illustration of a young man 130 years ago in the POLICE GAZETTE?
And Obama couldn’t care less.
Wow it took 25 comments before someone didn’t treat this as a joke. Both my Mother and my Uncle commited suicide but neither was recorded as such, so yes I think suicides are underreported.
Right—and this guy is trying to use increases there to overstate his case re: suicide.
I am so sorry for your loss. I truly believe if the numbers were reported correctly, and there are said to be around 33,000 suicides a year, that something would be done besides making jokes.
If you think the suicide rate is high now, just wait until after the election.
That is what makes it so funny.
This is really a shame and a scandal. And I think it’s grossly underreported. If I recall correctly, the suicide rate in the military is now higher than the battle death rate.
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