Results of a new US study find that the rate of suicide in the country is increasing.
The reasons for the sharp increase in the suicide rate in America are not known but what is known is that from 1999 to 2005, there was a very sharp increase in suicide, especially in middle-aged women.
For their study the researchers analyzed publically made death certificate data from the CDC for a 6 year time frame.
During the 6 year time frame, the rate of suicide for women between the ages of 40 and 64 jumped by just under 4 percent, double that of men in the same age demographic.
Overall during the 6 year study period the rate of suicide in America rose by 0.7 percent.
“The biggest increase that we have seen between 1999 and 2005 was the increase in poisoning suicide in women — that went up by 57 percent,” said Susan Baker, a professor in injury prevention with a special expertise in suicide.
Suicide is now the 11th leading cause of death in the United States.