Mid­dle-aged white peo­ple now ac­count for one-third of all sui­cides in the U. S.,

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ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion. Sui­cide is the na­tion’s 10th lead­ing cause of death, and the over­all rate rose 24% in 15 years. “The find­ings in this re­port are ex­tremely con­cern­ing,” said Na­dine Kaslow, a re­searcher at Emory Univer­sity and past pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. The re­port does not try to an­swer why cer­tain trends oc­cur. But other ex­perts spec­u­late that mid­dle age can be a par­tic­u­larly hard time for whites, who—com­pared with some other racial and eth­nic groups—of­ten don’t have as many sup­port­ive re­la­tion­ships with friends, fam­ily or re­li­gious com­mu­ni­ties.

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