Baby boomer suicide rate on the upswing

Aug 7, 2013

Experts in suicide prevention tend to focus their outreach efforts on two segments of the population:  young adults and the elderly.  But shifting data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have some professionals reconsidering that approach.

Last month, statistics showed a 60% increase in suicide among women in their early 60’s and a 50% spike among men in their 50’s. The data covers the calendar year 2010.

Dr. Tonia Sivyer, a psychologist with Community Mental Health in Lansing, joins Current State to discuss how this trend might be playing out in mid-Michigan.