A comprehensive literature review compared the patterns of suicide and suicidal behavior for adolescents and adults to identify age-related similarities and differences. Particular attention was given to follow-up rates of suicide by psychiatrically treated persons in these age groups. The frequent practice of combining adult and adolescent suicide and suicide behavior findings can result in misleading conclusions. This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution. NY State J Med ; —
Adults Ages 26 to 55 Years | Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among adults ages 26 to 55 years see Scope of the Problem section. Serious life challenges, such as relationship problems, unemployment, substance abuse, and poverty may increase suicide risk among vulnerable adults. Although suicide rates are increasing in both middle-aged men and women, men are much more likely than women to die by suicide. Middle-aged men ages 35—64 represent 19 percent of the United States population but account for 40 percent of suicide deaths.
Adults Ages 26 to 55 Years
Suicide at any age is a tragedy for the individual, his or her family and friends, and the communities of which they are a part. At a population level suicide is also a major public health problem, accounting for over 34, deaths each year in the United States 1 and an estimated one million or more worldwide 2. The largest number of suicides occurs in younger and middle-aged adults and suicide deaths in youth and young adults capture the bulk of media attention. In this chapter, however, we make the case that late life suicide is a cause for enormous concern that warrants ongoing attention from researchers, health care providers, policy makers, and society at large. Acknowledging the complexity and multi-determined nature of suicidal behavior in older adults, we provide a framework for its understanding and on which to base its prevention.
Access additional verified data from the CDC. Preliminary unverified quarterly mortality rates are also available but are not used for this page. Suicide rates listed are Age-Adjusted Rates.