Midlife suicides on rise in baby boomer population: Chronic illness and depression plague America


(NaturalNews) They are supposed to be in the “Golden Years” of their lives, enjoying the fruits of their lifelong labors and living out their remaining years in relaxing happiness. But sadly, for an increasing number of baby boomers, chronic illness capped with depression have led many to suicide.

Take the case of Michael Kelly, a 65-year-old Vietnam veteran who, in the waning hours of Dec. 24, 2011, walked into his darkened back yard near Sacramento High School and hanged himself from a beam on the deck.

“I just relive it in my head,” says his widow, Cathy Kelly, of her husband, who suffered from bipolar disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. She was separated from Michael when he killed himself.

“I know the dark hole of being really low. How sad he must have felt walking out there in the dark,” she told the Sacramento Bee newspaper. “That’s what I think about most.”

Few answers yet

Per the newspaper:

Although experts have long thought of midlife as a time of stability and emotional contentment, baby boomers are proving to be an unfortunate exception. Reversing a longtime demographic trend, midlife suicides are on the rise for the generation born between 1946 and 1964.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate for people in this age group has risen in recent years by nearly 30 percent. In the decade ending in 2010, the same time period, people 85 and older – the demographic most likely to kill themselves, traditionally – has fallen by 12 percent, the CDC says.

The agency says that for the entire U.S. population the rate of suicide was 12.4 per 100,000, but that for the 45-54 age group the figure is 19.6 per 100,000 in 2010 and 55-64, the rate was 17.5 per 100,000.

‘It’s time for us to figure out what’s going on’

“Historically, people in this middle-aged group have had flat rates of suicide,” Julie Phillips, the Rutgers University social demographer whose research helped identify the trend, told the SacBee. “After 50 to 60 years of data, to see this spike for this generation, it’s time for us to figure out what’s going on.”

For now, however, suicide experts and other researchers don’t have a lot of answers, only theories as to why the middle years have become more prone to suicide.

“We don’t really know, but the increase in this middle-aged group is thought to be in part because of the economy,” Paula Clayton, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention medical director, said. “It’s always been known that during a period of unemployment, there are higher rates of suicide. That was even clear in the 1920s.”

Higher rates of unemployment and a concurrent lack of medical coverage could be leading some to refrain from seeking help for depression.

“With the instability in the economy and the housing market, we’ve noticed a lot of people calling the crisis line with anxiety, depression and sometimes suicidal ideation,” said Diane Sommers, executive director of the Suicide Prevention of Yolo County crisis line.

As bad as it sounds, there are solutions to depression – natural ones, at that

There are a number of things that can cause the kind of depression that can eventually lead someone to choose suicide: living with pain; being diagnosed with a new, debilitating disease; the side effects of depression medication.

And while we here at NaturalNews are as mystified as researchers as to the increased levels of suicide among baby boomers, we are prepared to offer some solutions:

Five great herbs for fighting depression. Rhodiola rosea (Crassulaceae); St. John’s Wort; Camu Camu; Maca; and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) have all been found to reduce depression because they contain powerful antidepressant compounds and nutrients.

Get off the couch. Exercise has been clinically proven to reduce depression through the creation of an overall sense of wellness.

Omega-3. Add some omega-3 fatty acid to your diet daily. They modify brain chemistry and combat depression. Sources of omega-3 include fatty fish, hemp seeds and oil, chia seeds, walnuts, grass-fed meats and butter, and pastured eggs). Even the government says so: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15907142.

Get out of the house. Keep off the social media websites and actually get out of the house more often. Mingle. Visit places. Travel. Meet new people. You’ll feel better because you won’t feel so lonely and isolated.

Commentary by: Gordon King

I believe that medical doctors have a place in treating depression.  Medications can absolutely help with the symptoms.  With that being said, one must work on the problem and solution.  That is where God comes into play.  By accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you can give him your problems and let him give you peace and comfort.  Does that mean you will never have any problems?  No.  Does that mean you will never have to deal with them?  No.  What it does mean is that God will be with you every step of the way.  He will give you peace and comfort in difficult times.  He will help you solve your problems.  God is love, light, truth, peace, comfort and is almighty.  He created you, he can surely help you.  Don’t think that you can make it on your own with just medication.  That is only putting a band-aide on the wound.  Take care of what is causing the wound.  Let God help you!

Accept Jesus Now!


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Are you Depressed? Feeling Hopeless? In Crisis? Afraid? Lonely?

Photo:  psychology today

By Gordon King

The world can be a lonely place. Unemployment rates are high. Economic stability is a thing of the past. Our future retirement plans are in jeopardy. Birthrates out-of-wedlock are at the highest they have ever been. Divorce, domestic violence and abuse are all a common reality. Crime is increasing daily. Mass murders are frequent and heinous. Schools are becoming more violent and evil. Government seems to be taking away more of our rights and privacy. Have you been a victim of a natural disaster?

Do you suffer from depression, anxiety or stress? Have you been the victim of abuse or violence? Have you been the perpetrator of a crime? Perhaps you are feeling guilty of something you have done in the past? Adultery, abortion, drug abuse, hatred, theft or even murder? Is your conscience haunting you day and night? Are you in a difficult and impossible situation? Does life seem hopeless?

There is an answer to your problems. The answer is Jesus! Jesus can wipe away your sins and give you new life. He will forgive you of your sins. Yes, even murder! Jesus will forgive you of all your sins. He can and will give you peace and comfort in trying times.

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Matthew 12:31-32

And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”

The only sin that is not forgivable is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit of God. All other sins are forgivable. ALL.

You may be thinking that you are just not good enough for God to forgive you. Well, the bible tells us that not one man is without sin or blame, except for Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

You see, if we are to be good enough for God by our works, then not one of us who ever lived would be “good enough” to be saved. Not one! We are not saved by our good works, but by the grace of God. This is God’s loving gift to us. That is how much he loves us. All we need to do is believe in him and accept his gift to us!

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.”

God loves us so much that he sacrificed himself for us. Before we even knew him.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

He also wants to give you peace and comfort. Do not fear or be afraid, accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.

John 14:27

“I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

God loves you. God is love. God is light. God is truth.

If you are having troubles in life, believe me, you are not alone. Let God handle your problems for you, he wants you to give them to him. In return he will give you peace, comfort and eternal life. Eternal life in heaven and on a new earth, to live forever with him, where you shall never cry again or your heart ache, never shall you go hungry or thirst. He can relieve you of depression, fear, anxiety, lonliness, and in dealing with any crisis.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you;

do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 41:3

The Lord nurses them when they are sick

and restores them to health.

Luke 10:19

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Heaven is a real place, not some made up fantasy story. Life with God is real. It will be real after you pass on and now in this physical world. God is real now and then. Just as he was in the beginning.

John 10:10

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.

Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and enjoy your life in peace.


Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and enjoy your life in peace.

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God Bless You!    Amen      🙂