BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A new government report shows the suicide rate among middle-aged New Yorkers shot up 42 percent in a decade, far outpacing the 28 percent increase seen among peers nationwide.
The report was released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It looked at rates of suicide among 35- to 64-year-olds from 1999 to 2010.
New York suicides went from 8.3 to 11.7 per 100,000 residents during the decade. While the increase is startling, the rate itself is among the lowest in the country.
State mental health officials say they haven't yet reviewed the report and can't comment. Steven Dubovsky, chairman of psychiatry at the University at Buffalo, says several factors may be at play, including tough economic times and difficulty in getting mental health care.
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