Dude: Suicide surpasses car crashes as major cause of death in U.S.

The economic instability in the U.S. is taking a major toll. For the first time in history, suicide is the major cause of death in the U.S. (surpassing car accidents — always before the leading cause of death– murder, any specific illness, and accidents):

Suicide has surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of injury death for Americans. Even more disturbing is that more U.S. soldiers died last year by suicide than in combat.

There is even more disturbing news for the future.

2 responses to “Dude: Suicide surpasses car crashes as major cause of death in U.S.”

  1. Lynne says :

    I live in Texas, and of all the places in Texas, Austin is probably at the top of economic stability. I can tell you that the mood here is overall optimistic. But, that said, people seldom see economic problems until they impact them directly. The job market here is stable, housing prices are going up and sales are extremely brisk in the central city (houses selling within twenty-four hours of being listed at much higher prices than the asking price), new industries are arriving in the area, a new medical school opening soon, and more things to give people an optimistic outlook. I realize that most of the US is not faring so well. But even so, consider this: Suicide may be high nationally, but I imagine that there are a myriad of reasons for that, and only some of them economic reasons.
    Are all Americans happy? I cannot remember a time when they all seemed to be, and the country is polarized, very divided by the political leadership. Still, there are many people (I’d like to be one of them!) pay absolutely no attention to the political affairs.
    It’s probably best for people to plan carefully for the future in any case. Saving, living within their means and budget, and most of all, considering what is truly important in life: friends and family.

    • SirJohn says :

      Texas seems to be an island of prosperity. Here on the West Coast it looks extremely different. I have never in my life seen so much decay, poverty and despair as in the last 3 years, and I have seen the Carter years.

      Abject, dysmal poverty. Some of the areas here remind me strongly of the Great Depression. Children in rags. People scavenging the trash for food. 2012 California.

      So, if I were a cynic, I would say of course suicides now outnumber traffic deaths: people can’t afford to drive any more.

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