Through the good times and the bad
I’ll be standin’there by you…
From Bryan Adams and Heaven
Possibly the most startling indicator of just how devastating the impact of the current recession (the one that more or less began in September 2008) has been on the American family is the increased suicide rate for Generation X and younger Baby Boomers.
According to a report released last month form the Centers of Disease Control, the suicide rate, once highest among those 80 and older, is now highest among people 45 to 54 years old. By broadest definition, this age groups spans two generations, Generation X (1961-81) and Baby Boomers (1943-60).
According to a 2008 article published on Bloomberg.com, middle age is typically a time of emotional well-being and relative security for people, however, the economy has stressed individuals to the breaking point, particularly those unemployed.
I decided to do some research to see if church attendance has increased during these desperate times, but according to a report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Is A Bad Economy Good for Church Attendance, there has been no significant change, neither an increase or a decrease.
I have a lot to say about this shift, but for now, I’ll just let these sad facts stand on their own. What are you thinking? Does the increased suicide rate for Generation X and younger Baby Boomers surprise you?