According to an article (http://www.oregonlive.com/
on Oregon.live (the Oregonian’s web site), new figures showing a sharp
increase in suicides across the nation among middle-aged Americans show
an even bigger increase in Oregon.
“The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports shows Oregon saw
a 49.3 percent increase in suicides among men and women aged 35-64 from
1999-2010, compared to 28 percent nationally.
A 2012 report on suicide trends and risk factors for the Oregon Health
Authority found the state’s overall suicide rate was 41 percent higher
than the national rate, that rural counties have higher rates of suicide
than urban ones, and that white men lead other demographic groups.