[Ed. – It’s no accident that this coincides with a drop in belief in God and religious affiliation.]
The suicide rate rose 24% between 1999 and 2014 after a decade and a half of declines, according to the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Moreover, the increase accelerated to an average of 2% a year after 2006 from about 1% a year from 1999 through 2006, the report said.
The suicide rate also continued to climb in the first half of the 2015, according to separate CDC data. …
While more men kill themselves than women, the suicide rate for women rose faster between 1999 and 2014 than it did for men. “It narrowed the gap,” said Sally Curtin, a statistician at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics and an author of the report.
The report showed a surge in suicides among middle-age men and women, a factor noted in rising death rates among middle-aged people and a decline in white Americans’ life expectancy in 2014. The suicide rate for white women ages 45 to 64 rose 80% and for white men of that age group 59% between 1999 and 2014, according to a second CDC report released on Friday.
There were increases in the suicide rate of every age group for both sexes except those 75 and older.