Keith Wildermuth was the life of the party until the day that he became part of a grim statistic — the growing trend of baby boomer suicides.
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Key findings of CDC report on suicides:
- Suicide rates among those 35 to 64 years old increased 28 percent (32 percent for women, 27 percent for men).
- The greatest increases in suicide rates were among people aged 50 to 54 years (48 percent) and 55 to 59 years (49 percent).
- Among racial/ethnic groups, the greatest increases in suicide rates were among white non-Hispanics (40 percent) and American Indian and Alaska Natives (65 percent).
- Suicide rates increased 23 percent or more across all four major regions of the United States.
- Suicide rates increased 81 percent for hanging/suffocation, compared to 14 percent for firearm and 24 percent for poisoning.
- Firearm and hanging/suffocation were the most common suicide mechanisms for middle-aged men. Poisoning and firearm were the most common mechanisms for middle-aged women.
Source: The Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
How to get help:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: www.afsp.org
National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Suicide Prevention Center of Dayton’s anonymous hotline: 937-)229-7777 or 1-800-320-HELP.
To see a breakdown of the number of suicides age and race, log onto MyDaytonDailyNews.com.