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Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Suicide on the Rise Among Baby Boomers


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A sign for an emergency phone on the span of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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A sign for an emergency phone on the span of the Golden Gate Bridge.

More people currently die of suicide than in car accidents, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The suicide rate rose sharply among Americans between 35 and 64, jumping by about 50 percent for men in their 50s and women in their early 60s. Some experts suspect financial woes and abuse of painkillers may be contributing to the increase in suicides among Baby Boomers.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Ellen Idler, professor of sociology at Emory University
  • Eve Meyer, executive director of San Francisco Suicide Prevention, the oldest volunteer crisis line in the United States, founded in 1963
  • Thomas Joiner, psychology professor at Florida State University and author of "Why People Die By Suicide"
  • Thomas Simon, deputy associate director for science in the Division of Violence Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an author of the new issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

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