Study: More Americans Now Commit Suicide Than Die In Car Crashes

Study: More Americans Now Commit Suicide Than Die In Car Crashes
World
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Suicide is a bigger killer than car crashes, according to an alarming new study. The number of people dying from suicide has drastically increased, while car accident deaths haven lessened, making suicide the leading cause of injury death.

Suicides via falls or poisoning have risen significantly and experts fear there could be en more going unrecognised, specifically in cases of overdose.

‘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 traffic injuries.

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

Researchers noted a 25 per cent decrease in car accident deaths, medicalxpress.com reported, while deaths from falls rose 71 percent, from poisoning 128 percent and from suicide 15 percent.

Higher automobile standards were credited for the traffic deaths drop, 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.’


The shift makes suicide the most frequent cause of injury deaths, followed by car crashes, poisoning, falls and murder.

The study also looked at gender and race, concluding that fewer women die from the top four causes than men, while Hispanics have fewer car crashes and suicides than whites but a higher murder rate.

In 2009, more than 37,000 Americans took their own lives, a number that the government and private groups such as Facebook are fighting to lower.

A suicide prevention programme is being launched under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, backed by $56 million of federal money. 


The Act was signed by George Bush in 2004, in memory of suicide-victim Garrett, son of former U.S. Senator Gordon Smith.

Speaking at a September 10 news conference Smith said: ‘Our goal is, in the next five years, we will save 20,000 human lives.

‘This issue touches nearly every family. It is something we can do something about. It’s the work of angels.’

Lanny Berman, executive director of the American Association of Suicidology, said while much is known about how to prevent suicides there are ‘centuries of stigmatic attitudes‘ that need to be overcome. 


‘Both global and national increases in the number and rate of suicides should concern all of us,’ he added, pushing for a ‘collaborative effort to turn these many lives from despair and hopelessness to ones of meaning and brighter futures’.

Elite.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Julian Sonny

From the sandy beaches of Hawaii, to the streets of New York: Julian has seen it all. His lifetime of travels has given him a broad scope of knowledge and an eclectic taste unlike any other in the tri-state area. Julian has often been compared to cultural icon, The Rock, because of his unequivocal work ethic and warrior-like stature.

More In World

World Sean Levinson

Men In Pakistan Make Curry Using Over 100 Dead Bodies They Dug Up

Pakistan has decided that 2014 is probably a good time to officially declare cannibalism a crime. The two proposed laws were inspired by brothers Mohammad Arif Ali, 35, and Mohammad Farman Ali, 30, who were found last April to have dug up over 100 dead bodies from a local graveyard to feast upon. Residents of […]

World John Haltiwanger

4 Reasons Why You Won’t Catch Ebola On The Subway

Ebola has now arrived in New York City, which has prompted fears about the potential of the disease to spread across the city. It’s understandable that this news would be frightening to people. After all, New York is the most populous city in the country, and Ebola is a foreign disease with no cure. Not […]

World Sean Levinson

High School Shooting In Washington Leaves Two Dead And Four Injured

A high school student fatally shot himself and one other student at a Washington school just north of Seattle this morning. Up to four others were injured, all of whom are students. Shots were reported to have been fired at Marysville-Pilchuck High School at around 10:45 am. The Seattle Times reports that the shooter, believed […]

World Sean Levinson

Cellist Eerily Plays A Duet With Her Own Brainwaves (Video)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Katinka Kleijn has composed a duet combining her cello with the sound her brainwaves make. She did this by way of an EPOC Neuroheadset, an electroencephalography (EEG) device containing 14 sensors that records the speed, volume and depth of her brain activity, the Chicago Reader reports. Sound engineer Ryan Ingebritsen and […]

World Emily Arata

You Can Now Buy A $2,000 UGG Rug That’s As Cozy As It Is Ridiculous

If you’re in the market for a new rug, look no further than UGG’s just-introduced home collection. The selection of luxury furnishings includes a $2,000 Classic Leather-Bound Rug made from “sumptuous” wool. In case the price doesn’t throw you off, the rug’s fine print mentions it can’t be exposed to sunlight or washed. Instead, this […]

Also On Elite

Motivation

3 Ways To Break Up With Your Boss And Start Your Dream Life

Your dream job does not exist. And, just like your last relationship, there’s no faking it. It’s one thing to ooh and aah for all of four minutes, and quite another to spend a life in limbo. Is it me? Can I do better? Should I just give up and go? Yes, yes and YES (sort […]

Wellness

7 Things People Who Love Coffee Do Better Than You

You can argue your points home until you’re blue in the face, but there are just some things coffee drinkers do better than everyone else roaming the face of the planet. Coffee drinkers aren’t the shy type; they’re not the type to back down from a fight. Coffee drinkers are the intellectuals, the thinkers and […]

World

Slavery Still Exists In The US, You Just Can’t See It

Prior to the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, slavery was a very common and accepted aspect of American society. Indeed, slavery was practiced unabashedly for hundreds of years. During this period, it would not have been uncommon to encounter slaves working openly on farms and plantations in many parts of the […]

Envision

A Thunderstorm Didn’t Keep This Couple From Taking Amazing Engagement Photos

Some couples go through extensive planning for their engagement photos. I mean, who doesn’t want to record memories from one of the most meaningful and special moments of their lives? One couple, however, didn’t have to do much planning when it came to capturing some of the most amazing engagement shots you’ve ever seen. Jeff […]

Goods

Finally! You Can Now Take Hyperlapsed Selfies With Instragram’s App

Just when you thought you’d taken every kind of selfie imaginable, Instagram reinvented the game. After the Facebook-owned, photo-sharing company released its Hyperlapse app, people began finding unique ways to use the time-lapse photo and video capturing technology. On September 25, Instagram sent out its first Hyperlapse update, which allows users to use their front-facing cameras to […]