The pandemic has pushed millions of older adults into isolation, which has heightened thoughts of suicide for this already stressed population that consists of veterans, unpaid family caregivers and front-line workers.
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19 among U.S. older adults. Younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers also report having experienced disproportionately worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation.
Nearly 31 percent of unpaid family caregivers report seriously considering suicide in the preceding 30 days, compared with the 11 percent of the other adults taking the survey who were not caregivers. Veterans continue to be more at risk of committing suicide than the rest of the U.S. population, and more former service members ages 55 to 74 are taking their own lives than in any other age group, according to new data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In Florida, the suicide rate is 14.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019. This rate ranks 29th in the nation, according to the CDC.
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