5.25 CDC Study Finds Suicide Rates Rise and Fall with Economy: Study looks at suicide rates from 1928–2007, CDC, Apr. 14, 2011
The overall suicide rate rises and falls in connection with the economy, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released online today by the American Journal of Public Health. The study, “Impact of Business Cycles on the U.S. Suicide Rates, 1928–2007” is the first to examine the relationships between age-specific suicide rates and business cycles. The study found the strongest association between business cycles and suicide among people in prime working ages, 25-64 years old. “We know suicide is not caused by any one factor – it is often a combination of many that lead to suicide. But there are many opportunities for prevention. Prevention strategies can focus on individuals, families, neighborhoods or entire communities to reduce risk factors”, said Feijun Luo, Ph.D., an economist in CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention and the study’s lead author.
Read the press release at www.cdc.gov.