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White Male Suicides On The Rise for 5th Year In A Row!

In 2022, 70% of Americans who died by suicide were white males. Monty Miller, psychotherapist at Saint Luke's Behavioral Health Specialist, stated effects of cognitive dissonance, perceived persecution, lack of education, culture of gun ownership etc... in short white supremacist beliefs contribute about why suicide rates are higher in this population. the suicide rate is more than twice as high among Whites compared to any other demographic except Asian women married to whites! White males in the 45-64 age range commit almost three times as many suicides (26.1 per 100,000) . CDC data demonstrates that men account for over 76% of suicide deaths in the United States each year. The CDC also found that there are 3.3 male suicide deaths for every female suicide death. On average, there are 132 suicides per day. White males accounted for 69.68% of suicide deaths in 2021and that number rises on average by approximately one and half percent each year.

For all other demographics the number and age-adjusted rate of suicides had begun falling in 2019 across the U.S. — a turnaround that followed about two decades of worsening suicide rates since 1999. The decline continued for a second year through 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country. Suicide fell out of the top 10 leading causes of death for non white Americans. The average profile of an American using a gun for suicide is a married, white male over the age of 50 who is experiencing deteriorating health add to that a loss in income or death of a spouse and if the man is an avid gun collector he may have suicidal ideations regularly. For youth aged 13-17 years, suicide is roughly 50 percent lower in black children than in white children. From 2001-2015, for American youth aged 5-17 years, 1,661 suicide deaths in black youths and 13,341 suicide deaths in white youths occurred. During this period, the overall suicide rate was about 42 percent lower in black youth (1.26 per 100,000) than in white youth (2.16 per 100,000).In warmer temperatures suicide rates increase for Caucasians especially, leading to concerns about an uptick in suicides as the globe continues to warm. Assuming the 2020 population size, warming of 2°C could result in an annual increase of 2,660 additional suicide cases, corresponding to a PAF of 0.8%–5.1%.

The annual economic value of avoiding these impacts is $3 billion (2023 U.S. dollars, 4% discount rate, and 2022 income level). Estimates based on linear temperature‐suicide relationship specifications are 8% larger than those based on binned temperature specifications. Accounting for displacement decreases estimates by 18%, while accounting for precipitation decreases estimates by 8%. Population growth and the future warming degree arrival year increases estimates by 20%–38%. Further research is needed to quantify and monetize other climate‐related mental health outcomes (e.g., anxiety and depression) and to characterize these risks in socially vulnerable populations such as rural farming, blue collar aging retirement communities or mining communities.

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