Interesting article by Tara Bahrampour in the Washington Post, on high rates of suicide amongst baby boomers. Many of the factors cited are also those reviewed by Durkheim in his classic study On Suicide.

Baby boomers are killing themselves at an alarming rate, raising question: Why?

(Tara Bahrampour, Washington post) Last spring, Frank Turkaly tried to kill himself. A retiree in a Pittsburgh suburb living on disability checks, he was estranged from friends and family, mired in credit card debt and taking medication for depression, cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.

It was not the life he had envisioned as a young man in the 1960s and ’70s, when “people were more in tune with each other, people were more prone to help each other,” said Turkaly, 63, who owned a camera shop and later worked at Sears. “There was not this big segregation between the poor and the rich. . . . I thought it was going to continue the same, I didn’t think it was going to change.”

(Read the full article here)