Adults Ages 26 to 55 Years

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among adults ages 26 to 55 years (see Scope of the Problem section). Serious life challenges, such as relationship problems, unemployment, substance abuse, and poverty may increase suicide risk among vulnerable adults.

Although suicide rates are increasing in both middle-aged men and women, men are much more likely than women to die by suicide. Middle-aged men (ages 35–64) represent 19 percent of the United States population but account for 40 percent of suicide deaths.

The number of men in this age group and their relative representation in the U.S. population are both increasing. Therefore, if the suicide rate among middle-aged men is not reduced, both the number of suicide deaths in this group and the total U.S. suicide rate will continue to increase.

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