Elderly Suicide Rate up in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The number of people aged 65 and over who
commit suicide is rising both in Oklahoma and across the nation and
depression is getting much of the blame.

A report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says of
the 534 suicides statewide last year 75 were 65-years-old or older.

The Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention says nearly eleven of
every 100,000 people nationwide kill themselves.

But more than 14.5 per 100,000 of people 65 or older commit suicide and the number is 24 suicides per 100,000 for people between the ages of 80 and 85.

Mark Davis with the Mental Health Association of Tulsa says
depression in older citizens is often overlooked and more services
are needed for the elderly who suffer mental illness.

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