New government data shows Arizona has one of the highest middle-aged suicide rates in the country. The 589 suicides in Arizona of people aged 35 to 64 in 2010 marked nearly a 16-percent increase from a decade earlier.
Nationally, the overall middle-aged suicide rate rose by 28-percent from 1999-to-2010. That is a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis.
The suicide report was released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It shows that Arizona had a rate of 24 suicides per 100,000 residents aged 35-to-64 in 2010.