[YSPNetwork] Fwd: fyi...more us suicide rate up....due tomiddle agedwomen--yahoo news
Lisa M MILLET
Lisa.M.Millet at state.or.us
Thu Oct 23 08:36:30 PDT 2008
The findings aren't meant to be predictive - they confirm what many have believed - that suicide is increasing among pre and post menopausal women. This bit of information describes data from the past. The analysis for trend shows a statistically significant trend. Many times people believe there is a trend when there is not. I did not believe it until I saw the regression analysis. And yes, we do expect this trend to continue, if not increase in the 07, 08, 09, and maybe 10 period.
Lisa M. Millet
Injury Prevention and Epidemiology Section Manager
Department of Human Services, Health Services
800 NE Oregon St. Suite 772
Portland, OR 97232
Lisa.M.Millet at state.or.us
If all you did was just look for things to appreciate you would live a joyous, spectacular life.
>>> "Michael Conner, PsyD" <conner at CrisisCounseling.com> 10/23/2008 7:38:52 AM >>>
All things are no longer equal. In light of real time stressors, such as the economy in Oregon, I believe these findings are meaningless static in present time and have no predictive validity.
Michael Conner, PsyD
From: yspnetwork-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:yspnetwork-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Donna NOONAN
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:06 AM
To: Yspnetwork at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [YSPNetwork] Fwd: fyi...more us suicide rate up....due to middle agedwomen--yahoo news
I'm forwarding an article I received yesterday afternoon. Our epidemiologists looked at the data for Oregon and it appears that there is an increase in suicides among women ages 45-64 from the years 1999-2006 in Oregon, reflecting the national trend. If you want more information, please contact Xun Shen, xun.shen at state.or.us or Matt Laidler, matthew.laidler at state.or.us, epidemiologists in Injury Prevention & Epidemiology at the Public Health Division.
Middle-aged women drive rise in U.S. suicides: studyBy Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor Maggie Fox, Health And Science Editor 2 hrs 17 mins ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. suicide rates appear to be on the rise, driven mostly by middle-aged white women, researchers reported on Tuesday.
They found a disturbing increase in suicides between 1999 and 2005 and said the pattern had changed in an unmistakable way -- although the reasons behind the change are not clear.
The overall suicide rate rose 0.7 percent during this time, but the rate for white men aged 40 to 64 rose 2.7 percent and for middle-aged women 3.9 percent, the team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found.
"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.
Writing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Baker, Guoqing Hu and colleagues said they analyzed publicly available death certificate data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"The results underscore a change in the epidemiology of suicide, with middle-aged whites emerging as a new high-risk group," Baker said in a statement.
"Historically, suicide-prevention programs have focused on groups considered to be at highest risk -- teens and young adults of both genders as well as elderly white men. This research tells us we need to refocus our resources to develop prevention programs for men and women in their middle years."
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States and Baker said the changes are substantial.
"Definitely these are not just little blips," she said in a telephone interview. "We are looking at a big population change."
She hopes other researchers will study the reasons behind the shifts. "I certainly think we need research to look at the information that we have on people who have committed suicide," she said.
"Are these people living alone, with no major responsibility or others to take care of, or are they people overwhelmed with all of the jobs and responsibilities they have? We need to find out more about the conditions under which these people are living."
The middle-aged women and men used various methods to kill themselves -- poisons, prescription drugs, hanging or suffocation, and firearms, Baker said.
While firearms remain the most common method, the rate of gun suicides decreased while suicide by hanging or suffocation increased by 6.3 percent among men, and 2.3 percent among women.
In September researchers confirmed an 18 percent spike in youth suicides in the United States in 2004 persisted into 2005 after more than a decade of decreases.
And international research published in January found that the young, single, female, poorly educated and mentally ill are all at higher risk of suicide.
According to the World Health Organization, suicide rates have increased by 60 percent in the last 45 years. Depression is the leading cause of suicide.
(Reporting by Maggie Fox; Editing by Julie Steenhuysen)
_____________________________________________________________________Donna G. Noonan, MPH, CHES
Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Injury Prevention & Epidemiology Program
Oregon Public Health Division
800 NE Oregon, Ste 772
Portland, OR 97232
donna.noonan at state.or.us
http://oregon.gov/dhs/ph/ipe/ysp/index.shtml Join YSPNetwork, Youth Suicide Prevention listserv for the Pacific Northwest at http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/yspnetwork
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the YSPNetwork