Elderly in US have rising suicide risk

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:144

The suicide rate for men aged 65 years and over in the US rose by 10% (from 34.8 per 100000 to 38.4) between 1980 and 1992, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Suicides were identified with the CDC's underlying cause mortality files for each year. Suicide rates were calculated using population data derived from the 1980 and 1990 US censuses.

Over 80% of suicides in people aged 65 and over were by men. The rate for women is unchanged, at 6 per …

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