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If America is such a happy place, why has suicide increased by 34% since 2000?

WASHINGTON, DC – November 16, 2018

Is it possible to measure the level of happiness? Does it depend on the level of material well-being? If so, if America is such a happy place, why is the suicide rate up 34% since the year 2000? Are we such a deeply unhappy place?

Men who work construction and extraction had the highest rates of suicide in the United States, according to a report published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For women, suicide rates were highest among those who work in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media.

From 2000 to 2016, the suicide rate among the US working-age population — people 16 to 64 — increased 34%, the report says.

On the other end of the spectrum, suicide rates are lowest among teachers, professors and librarians. For both sexes, the occupational group with the lowest rate of suicides was education, training and library. This includes jobs such as teachers, professors and archivists.

But overall, the news is not good. At a time when the US has been at peace and supposedly “prospering,” our suicide rate has been skyrocketing.

But why is this happening? The standard of living is higher than ever, according to the media. Today, we have hundreds of television channels, we have more movies than we could ever possibly watch, video games have become wildly creative, and there is an app for almost anything that you could possibly need on your phone just a few clicks away. We are literally drowning in entertainment, and yet we are far less happy than previous generations. Why is the suicide rate so high in the country? The authorities have no answer, only repeating their mantra that this rise in suicide is a “tragedy” and that we must increase “prevention efforts”…

“Increasing suicide rates in the U.S. are a concerning trend that represent a tragedy for families and communities and impact the American workforce,” said Dr. Debra Houry, director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “Knowing who is at greater risk for suicide can help save lives through focused prevention efforts.”

Translated into normal language, this means: "We do not know what is going on and what to do, but if you give us more money, we’ll think about it."

In America today, whenever anything goes wrong the “solution” always seems to be to make the government even bigger and spend more taxpayer money.

But the truth is, the government won't help. They do not know how people live, do not know and do not want to solve the problems of the population. They have their own problems. The only question they are always ready to solve and with enormous effort and determination is how to stay in power.

But people just need to find meaning and purpose in life, no more and no less. And that's not exactly something the government is going to provide.

Suicide rates are particularly high in many rural areas. In fact, a previous CDC report discovered that the suicide rate in rural areas is actually 45% higher than in “large urban areas.” A more recent CDC report said Montana’s suicide rate leads the nation, coming in at nearly twice the national average. A third long-touted CDC study, currently under review, listed farming in the occupational group, along with fishing and forestry, with the highest rate of suicide deaths.

That occupational study was based on 2012 data, when farming was strong and approaching its peak in 2013, says Jennifer Fahy, communications director for the nonprofit Farm Aid. Farmers’ net income has fallen 50% since 2013 and is expected to drop to a 12-year low this year, the US Department of Agriculture reports.

Without a doubt, things are tough in rural areas all over the nation right now. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, almost 1 out of every 4 children in rural areas is currently living in poverty.

As the middle class has deteriorated, more Americans than ever have been forced to turn to the government for help. At this point, almost 52% of all children live in a home that receives monthly help from the federal government.

Among American residents under 18 years of age in 2017, according to the Census Bureau, 51.7% lived in households in which one or more persons received benefits from a means-tested government program.

If the US economy really was in good shape, we wouldn’t have such a dramatic problem with poverty.

And this is something that a lot of Americans are quite concerned about. The following are some very interesting numbers from a recent MSN poll.

Approximately 2/3 of people are concerned about the level of poverty in the United States right now.

Women are 1.2 times more likely than men to be concerned about the issue of poverty.

Generally speaking, the more money you make, the less likely you are to care about poverty (although more than half of those making $150K+ are still concerned about the issue).

However, the increase in the number of suicides is difficult to relate to the economic crisis, as the process began long before it. According the CDC, the main causes of suicide are relationship difficulties, financial difficulties, drug addiction and other problems.

The most common use of a firearm by suicide (almost half of the incidents) was in 55% of the cases, and no mental disorders were reported. CDC experts analyzed the incidents and found out the following:

 - 42% of suicides had relationship problems;

- 28% were drug addicts;

- 16% had problems at work or with finances;

– 29% were in a state of crisis;

- 22% suffered from mental disorders;

- 9% had problems of criminal sense.

 And we believe that as the economic crisis intensifies, all these problems will only rosen.

The suicide rate has already been spiking during “normal times,” and many are deeply alarmed about what might happen once this nation enters a period of utter despair.

Author: USA Really