Oregon suicide rate higher than nation's

Oregon suicide rate higher than nation's
FILE - During a moment of silence, Joan Olsen, left, and her daughter Emily Olsen embrace at the start of the Walk for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, Wis. on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Joan and Emily are honoring Chris Olsen, who is Joan's husband and Emily's father. The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in the decade between 1999 and 2010, the government reported Thursday, May 2, 2013, but the rates in younger and older people did not change. (AP Photo/Post-Crescent Media, Dan Powers) MANDATORY CREDIT: POST-CRESCENT MEDIA, DAN POWERS

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — New figures showing a sharp increase in suicides across the nation among middle-aged Americans show an even bigger increase in Oregon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows Oregon saw a 49.3 percent increase in suicides among men and women aged 35-64 from 1999-2010, compared to 28 percent nationally.

A 2012 report on suicide trends and risk factors for the Oregon Health Authority found the state's overall suicide rate was 41 percent higher than the national rate, that rural counties have higher rates of suicide than urban ones, and that white men lead other demographic groups.

The most common means of suicide were firearms, 55 percent; poisoning, 20 percent, and hanging, 18 percent.

The most frequent risk factors were mental health problems, alcohol and drug abuse, and depression.


Online: Oregon report

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