A startling report from the CDC shows a 40 percent increase in suicides among baby boomers, especially men. The start of the recession resulted in a spike in the number of suicides and the rate is climbing even faster in Johnson County where experts theorize that financial challenges were proving too much for boomers accustomed to a successful and prosperous life. The rates of suicide in Kansas and Missouri continue to be above the national average. Reporter Sam Zeff examines this disturbing trend.
In the metro, we have seen suicides rise 38 percent in Jackson County in the last ten years, 38 percent in Clay County, 50 percent in Cass County and 66 percent in Platte county (The total numbers of suicides in both Clay and Platte are small). In Wyandotte County, suicides have remained steady over the past decade, averaging about 24 a year.
It is worth noting that if you or someone you know has had suicidal thoughts, there is a number to call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) and they’ll direct you to a local center where help is available.