Among US women, the highest suicide rates are among workers in the arts, design, entertainment, sports and media, new research finds.
This includes people who have jobs such as actors, designers, musicians, singers and writers.
Among men, the highest suicide rates are in construction and extraction.
This includes people who have jobs such as carpenters, plumbers, miners and roofers.
The second highest rate of suicides for men was in the same arts and design category as for women.
The lowest suicide rate was seen in education, training and library jobs.
Dr Deb Houry, director of the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said:
“Increasing suicide rates in the U.S. are a concerning trend that represent a tragedy for families and communities and impact the American workforce.
“Knowing who is at greater risk for suicide can help save lives through focused prevention efforts.”
The study covered over 22,000 Americans and its aim is to help target those who are most at risk.
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2013) and several ebooks:
- Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion
- The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic
- Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
- Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
The study was published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Peterson et al., 2018).