More Americans now commit suicide than are killed in car crashes as miserable economy takes its toll

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  • $56m suicide prevention plan being rolled out after shocking statistics
  • Harsher penalties for drink driving credited with reducing road deaths

Suicide is the cause of more deaths than car crashes, according to an alarming new study.

The number of people who commit suicide in the U.S. has drastically increased while deaths from car accidents have dropped, making suicide the leading cause of injury death.

Suicides via falls or poisoning have risen significantly and experts fear that there could be many more unaccounted for, particularly in cases of overdose.

Shocking trend: While the number of Americans killed in car crashes has declined over the last decade, the suicide rate has increased

'Suicides are terribly under-counted,' said Ian Rockett, author of the study, published on Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health.

'I think the problem is much worse than official data would lead us to believe. We have a situation that has gotten out of hand.'


He added that his goal is to see the same attention paid to other injuries as has been paid to reducing the number of deaths in traffic accidents.

The results were compiled using National Center for Health Statistics data gathered from 2000 to 2009.

Researchers noted a 25 per cent decrease in fatal car accidents, reported, while deaths from falls rose 71 per cent, poisoning 128 per cent and from suicide 15 per cent.

Higher automobile standards were credited for the decrease in deaths on the road, with harsher penalties for underage drinking and failing to wear seat belts named as contributing factors.

Previous research has suggested that suicide rates go up during recessions and times of economic crisis.

'Economic problems can impact how people feel about themselves and their futures as well as their relationships with family and friends,' Feijun Luo of CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention told Bloomberg.

'Prevention strategies can focus on individuals, families, neighborhoods or entire communities to reduce risk factors.'

Suicide is now the most frequent cause of injury deaths, followed by car crashes, poisoning, falls and murder.

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Comment by mystery on September 24, 2012 at 10:38pm

I look at these discussions and think to myself, this is exactly what they want to happen to the population, to control it and eliminate most of it by way of personal choice of death. You have many options open to chose from, lets just name a few, just off the top my our heads: 1) GMO foods, that destroy our minds and our bodies, more and more evidence of this, but still people allow it and consume it. 2) Pesticides and growth inhibitors, that are sprayed on most of our vegetables and fruits. 3) Vaccines, that kill or retard our children's natural abilities to grow and learn. 4) Medication, to control our children and ourselves as adults. (Side note, The schools are paid by the government for each child that they have pumped full of meds, its kind of like a kick back!) 5) Artificial sweeteners, in almost everything that is sweet, we survived for millions of years on honey,(by the way which has antibiotic properties) just fine. 6) Contaminated water, which is the most important thing on this planet. Not many seem to realize this. Why its not more valuable than the most precious element is beyond me.

I could go on but we all know this, but still it happens while we all sit in our comfortable lives and let it take place. So we all are at fault, until the world can come together as one people, forget to remember that our eyes are shaped different or our hair color is different or that our beliefs may be different we are doomed to keep repeating the same gain and lose of history and life.  

Comment by Tara on September 24, 2012 at 9:45am

@Mike, great comment and I agree. It makes you wonder how many of these individuals were on psychotropics who committed suicide. The number of people that are on SSRI's is staggering these days. And the side effects that go along with these 'Soma' like pills trumps any supposed relief from depression. And also, taking these pills keep people in a state of thinking they are powerless, a victim and have to take them to feel normal. We will never find the answers to coping with life in a pill. It's a temporary solution and doesn't really get at the core of the individuals issues/pain inside. It is like putting a bandaid on a gaping wound. It just doesn't work and not only that, SSRI's are also harmful to your mental and physical health and well being.

Comment by Sheridan Louis Peterson on September 24, 2012 at 9:14am

Well, look at it this way. I am 86, beat up by hoodalum March 14. In hospital nursing home for fractured hip. Have numerous other ailments. Have had an inside look at a nursing home and most certainly will no return. In my case it would not be suicide per se.

Comment by Mike Lowery on September 24, 2012 at 5:48am

Considering how many Americans are popping Zoloft, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Paxil, Trazadone, Seraquil and god knows what else to numb their ability to cope with "depression" naturally, I would think this is just the tip of the iceberg for this sort of thing.   The brain is a very misunderstood organ and directly interfering with it's fundamental ways of functioning is idiotic and shows just how arrogant the mental healthcare sector truly is!   Not surprising though, having evolved from a practice of scrambling the frontal lobe with an ice-pick under the moniker "psycho-surgery"!  Insane!

Comment by noblsht on September 24, 2012 at 2:17am

This story is interesting I read not too far in the distant past about the high number of suicides in Greece and Spain        also attributed to the collapsing economy

Comment by noblsht on September 24, 2012 at 2:15am

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This story is interesting I read not too far in the distant past about the high number of suicides in Greece and Spain

Comment by Nikki on September 23, 2012 at 9:17pm

I'm not a bit surprised.

Comment by JOE on September 23, 2012 at 9:14pm

dont forget HAARP signals can make you want to commit suicide

Comment by raymond _______ on September 23, 2012 at 9:08pm

Shocking figures.May they all rest in peace.We are all then wondering why?.

Depression is probably the main cause.

Comment by bys on September 23, 2012 at 8:37pm

before they do it, make them watch this!!

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