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U.S. Suicide Highest in 30 Years

Updated on June 14, 2016

Being a baby boomer, I noticed an article titled, Baby Boomers are Killing Themselves at an Alarming Rate, from the Washington Post written sometime in 2013, discovered by me in 2016.

Article from 2013

Relays a story of a man in America, age 63, has a home, has medical problems, gets a disability check, has medicaid, and has afforded to purchase throes of medicine prescribed from his doctor. He tried to then kill himself by taking his bottle of tranquilizers. But he lived.

The article claims this trend of baby boomers killing themselves started 10 years before what is now called, “The Depression of 2008,” however, in 2008, American leaders were in denial that such a depression existed. And another man mentioned in the article, injured his back in 2004, received disability checks, and ended up killing himself in 2011, two days after his 49th birthday, after two failed attempts.

Were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston part of the pre-2013 statistics. And more recently, what about Robin Williams and Prince?

A New Chapter in Suicide

The trend of baby boomers killing themselves, was marked in 2013 with the suicide of Martin Manley (1953-2013) and his note he left behind - - all over the internet.


Baby Boomers Suffer

What makes matters worse for baby boomers is that many were laid off work beginning in 2007, and now that the economy has engaged in hiring again, no one wants to hire them – they are too old and a risk for injury. Of course companies are not going to come out and tell you the REAL reason, but it is known. And, most are not old enough to get social security or medicare, so it is very depressing for them.

Many are now homeless.

What Is a Crisis ?

People are becoming increasingly petty and unrealistic in their expectations of life – do we blame ourselves if we know such people and don't do anything to aid in their realization, before they actually commit suicide?

There are a zillion reasons why one would commit suicide.

What is a crisis to you may not be one, to someone else.

The most disturbing and unusual suicide case is that of a 53 year old man, living in Las Vegas, who was once granted lifetime use of a food buffet in a local hotel. However, this man ruined that , when he harassed females at the buffet, the hotel took away his meal ticket. The man blamed the hotel, not himself. He shot himself in front of many people at 5:30 p.m. for Easter dinner, 2015 at the buffet. It's too bad his holier-than-thou perception of himself stood in his way of comprehending ordinary behaviors and functions.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

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    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      With our aging population, we are seeing more and more people feel that because their quality of life is no longer possible, life is no longer worth living. It is time to rethink our society's norms when it comes to aging!

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