Suicide not only destroys the life of the one who is taking it, but it also devastates the lives of their families and friends as well. Taking your own life should never be the answer to any problem, yet the suicide rate for middle aged people has jumped in recent years.
In the age group of 34-65, the rate of suicide has jumped significantly in the last decade. From 1999 to 2010 it jumped 28%. This is just for the age group. For white people, the numbers shot up 40%. This data was all taken during the recession. People were becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of work and lack of money. Jobs were scarce and providing for the family became harder and harder.
The recession took a very large emotional toll on those just trying to live a normal life. Many were laid off from their jobs because of cut backs or budget cuts. Many couldn’t find jobs once they didn’t have one anymore. The unemployment rate was the highest it had been in a long time. This would certainly cause some to lose hope, but sadly, it also caused them to think that things were not going to get better and suicide would be the only way out.
Unfortunately, those who are having these feelings often times do not get a chance to express them, or do not want to burden those around them. Most cannot afford a trip to a psychiatrist, especially if they do not have insurance. It is a vicious circle when it comes to money and mental health. People do not get the mental health care that they need because they cannot afford it and in turn they have nowhere to go to talk things over.