Loose Screws Mental Health News: Suicide slide

A National Institute for Mental Health in England report reveals particular progress in cutting suicides among young men.

The three-year average was 8.3 suicides per 100,000 population in 2004-06, down from 8.5 in the previous three years.

The article was brief and unclear which leaves me wondering what England is doing right.

“Sure, Grandpa gets a little cranky and blue sometimes, but he’d never
do anything stupid”, you might think. Wrong.  Elderly people account
for 13% of the US population, but make up nearly 24% of completed
suicides. Older men are the most at risk with a rate of 29 per 100,000
people.

Does this sound like anyone you know?

More than you know, Dr. Chiaramonte. More than you know.

According to the 2007 Small Arms Survey, the United States had about 90 firearms per 100 people – the highest ratio in the world – followed by Yemen, Finland, Switzerland and Iraq.

Over half of all suicides in the United States – 52% – were committed with firearms in 2005, according to the most recent CDC data available.

Gun control: good or bad? Discuss amongst yourselves.

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4 Comments

  1. Jazz said,

    August 7, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Hmmm….8.3 out of 100,000 from 8.5…is that even statistically significant?

  2. August 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I guess for a record low it is?

  3. Tim Van said,

    August 10, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Some elderly suicides are from those who have a terminal illness and they want to end the pain.

  4. Tim Van said,

    August 10, 2008 at 12:27 am

    gun control good, as long as the laws do not violate the constitutional 2nd amendment. if i owned a gun, i might be dead.


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