A WARNING VOICE FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE: Tonight February 8, 1990, 32 years ago now, one of America’s greatest Rock stars, Del Shannon, was murdered by Eli Lilly & their deadly SSRI antidepressant, Prozac & his doctor who lied to him about what he was taking.
After kissing his wife goodby as she left for the market, he walked back into his office, sat at his desk, put a gun to his head & shot himself after only 15 days on this deadly drug. This is the same amount of time doctors are now recommending that Prozac or one of its first clones, Luvox, be used at an even higher dose to treat the virus which has turned our world upside down the past two years!
Please share this with your loved ones so that they have this warning! As loving & caring a man as Del was, who often himself counseled those who were suicidal, he would want the world shouting this warning to everyone!
THIS DAY IN HISTORY REPORTS: Shannon shot himself in his Santa Clarita, California, home on February 8, 1990. Shannon’s widow would later file a high-profile lawsuit against Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of the antidepressant Prozac, which Shannon had begun taking shortly before his suicide. That suit was eventually dropped (And WHY are cases like this dropped? I know exactly why I believe it was dropped!), but the case brought early attention to the still-unresolved question of the possible connection between suicidal ideation and SSRIs, the class of drugs to which Prozac belongs.
When the Columbine massacre happened 22 years ago today I naively thought it would have been shocking enough & the cause obvious enough to wake the world to this drug-induced nightmare of mass shootings. But over two decades later we have just finished a 5 week period where at least 46 people have died in mass shootings here in America. We already have almost enough evidence to link antidepressants to everyone of those killings.
One who has fought this battle for the truth behind this nightmare for all the school shooting victims is Mark Taylor. Mark was dubbed the “Columbine Wonder Boy” by the Colorado media after surviving 6 – 13 bullets from Eric Harris’ gun that day as he & his friends sat discussing scriptures on Columbine’s front lawn. After arriving at the hospital the attending doctor called Mark’s family physician & said, “I have one of your patients here. He is dead but he is talking to me!”
Mark & his mother asked me to help them as an expert in his case filed against the makers of Luvox (Who are now attempting to gain approval of Luvox for treatment of Covid 19!!!!) We traveled, lectured, & did media nationwide on these drugs for years, until Mark gained too much attention when he gave a very powerful testimony before the FDA in the 2004 hearing on antidepressants increasing suicide in children.
I firmly believe at that point Pharma decided it was payback time for Mark speaking out. They apparently felt they had not brought in enough money on these drugs, nor screwed up enough lives around the world as yet with the drugs, so they moved to shut both of us up in any way they could.
What I went through was nothing in comparison to what Mark has been made to suffer. First his court case was destroyed by his attorney not meeting a deadline. Then the drug maker, in conjunction with it appears to be his new attorney (an ex-Pharma attorney professing a change of heart in representing Pharma), called a surprise settlement hearing as soon as Mark had his 21st birthday. He was made to believe he would go to jail if he did not sign their proposed settlement offer which gave Mark nothing but a promise that the drug maker would pay $10,000 to a charity of his choice! Mark chose a cancer charity, which would, of course, go right back into Pharma’s pocket!
Mark’s mother who was on the lawsuit with him had not even been allowed into the room for the settlement but was outside the doors with Denver Post reporter Howard Pancratz for most of the day waiting for Mark. I even spoke with the attorney over the phone to point out that legally Mark could not sign the settlement because he laid outside Columbine for 1 1/2 hours bleeding to death from those 6-13 bullet holes in him. With that much blood loss you have brain damage from the loss of oxygen to the brain resulting in a set back in brain development. That technically would ha e made Mark more like an 18 or 19 year old in his judgement when by law you must be 21. But they did it anyway.
Then they got someone to accuse him falsely of making a threat when he went to a Borders Book store near his home to check on sales of his book. That got him put in a psych hospital where he was placed on the same drugs he had been testifying against for years! That was even though the head of that facility, a psychiatrist we knew, understood there was no reason for him to be there or to be “medicated”! Since then he has been moved from one place to another in Colorado & Arizona. They have now had him on the drugs for 12 years he was fighting against! Sadly our world has a history of doing this to whistle blowers but we also have laws about the illegality of doing so!
Ann Blake Tracy
Here is Mark before & after what they have done to him…
TODAY, THE 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF COLUMBINE, THE TRUTH STILL CRIES OUT TO BE HEARD!!!!!
HERE WE SIT WITH 46 DEAD IN THE LAST 5 WEEKS IN MASS SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA. AND INDICATIONS & CONFIRMATIONS OF THE USE OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS IN NEARLY EVERYONE OF THOSE CASES!
To help you understand how Pharma works here is a statement from one of the five families that backed out of the lawsuit Columbine survivor Mark Taylor ended up filing alone after they were all told that if they did not win the drug maker would take everything they had.
“Coni Sanders, daughter of Dave Sanders, the slain teacher, said what happened at the Colorado high school changed everything and yet nothing.
“I feel like we have come so far in so many ways, yet we’re still stuck in the same spot,” she said. “I never imagined that we would be where we’re at right now, where there are so many mass shootings that we can’t even keep up … it’s just unfathomable that Columbine wasn’t enough.”
Society needs to wake up, join together with all the families of all these shootings & stand up & tell Pharma this has to end!
COLUMBINE VICTIM MARK TAYLOR SLAMS PHARMA BEFORE THE FDA ASKING THEM QUESTIONS LIKE:
“WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I AND MY CLASSMATES GOT SHOT?”
“AND WHY ARE WE GOING AFTER TERRORISTS WHEN PHARMA IS OUR BIGGEST TERRORIST?”
WATCH FOR ANOTHER POST WITH MARK’S STORY IN A COUPLE OF DAYS & ANNOUNCING A RADIO SHOW WITH MARK & I BEING INTERVIEWED ON THE JEFF RENSE SHOW FRIDAY NIGHT AT 7:00 PM PACIFIC TIME.
WATCH MARK’S POWERFUL FDA TESTIMONY HERE:
1999 Prophesy by a pharmacist concerned about antidepressants…
SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: The Evidence Antidepressants Are The Cause
Posted on October 12, 2015 by Ann Blake-Tracy | 2 Comments
Because so many are posting our database of cases of school shootings on Facebook with no explanation of the antidepressant connection, I thought I should post it here on our website as a blog so that it is easier to share with others when yet another school violence episode erupts so they too will have this information to share and educate others about the involvement of antidepressants in school shootings.
1999 PHARHARMACIST STATEMENT ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS & SCHOOL SHOOTINGS
In about 2000 I was contacted by a pharmacist who said the nicest woman in town had come regularly to get her prescription of Prozac from him until she went to prison for killing her husband. This was one message I received from him that I think the whole world needs to hear……
“The symptoms I see in patients who use/abuse serotonergic drugs of any form…could aptly be described as the “Hitler syndrome” (over-confidence in one’s own policies or decisions, no fear of consequences, criminal behavior, death of people close to the abuser as the preferred method of solving problems in the abuser’s life, coldness and lack of humanity). I feel that in twenty years or less we will be confronted not with one Hitler but with thousands or millions… numbers so great that we will be forced to interact with their distorted thinking on a daily basis. (Littleton, CO., Riverton,KS., Jonesboro, AR., eventually little Hitlers in every town in America will grow up into BIG HITLERS) It is happening right now. The most insidious factor about long-term serotonin abuse is that it enhances the individual’s persona to the point that they are able to manipulate others into their way of thinking just as Hitler did. This causes the distorted thinking, abnormal behavior, and loss of morality to spread like a contagion to otherwise normal people who have not even been exposed to the drugs. Those on the drugs are converted by the pharmacologic/physiologic processes into sociopathic demagogues.
“Do you have any comments on these thoughts, Ann? Please respond. Tell me we are not the only ones who see what is happening to our world!”
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Wow! How many officers in SLC are on the same medications the public there is also taking?!!! Last summer we learned 25% of the women there are on them. Utah has long led the way in the use of the drugs. But to watch this you would never know that one of the first public lectures I gave on the antidepressant-induced violence was to the police in that county! Of course that was in the early 90’s so these would all be new officers who did not hear the information..
April 20, 1999 Chief Ortega, Salt Lake City Police Chief, was on the phone with me discussing the antidepressant-withdrawal shooting at the LDS Family History Library where my good friend Don Thomas lost his life as the security guard there. (I couldn’t tell you how many lectures he & I had spent discussing the dangers of these drugs as I warned him what he could be & did end up facing that day!) As Chief Ortega & I were speaking the Columbine shooting broke out & he asked if I thought that was an antidepressant case which of course it was. (In fact Columbine Survivor Mark Taylor, who took 6 to 13 bullets that day almost 20 years ago and sued the drug company for causing Columbine, just called me yesterday. I served as the expert in his case. I’ll have to send him a copy of this.) But Chief Ortega had seen enough of these cases in SLC & wanted to have a press conference on the violence these drugs were producing back then. In watching this video I realize we should have held that press conference even though it was right after that he discovered that his wife had terminal cancer & he needed to retire.
I am absolutely shocked by the response of these officers! I have worked with enough police chiefs that I know how many officers there are being given these drugs which are known to produce extreme violence & very impulsive violence and suicide. In fact in a murder-suicide case I worked in Wyoming for several years the drug company’s own expert testified that with the the way these drugs inhibit the metabolism of Serotonin what should be expected as the end result is impulsive murder & suicide! The jury ruled in that case that only two doses were enough to produce this mass murder suicide which left a family of four dead. But withdrawal done too rapidly, which happened in the Salt Lake Family History Library shooting can produce the same result. Withdrawal must be very very gradual to be safe.
Take a look at this short article on a study showing the extreme violence that comes from excess serotonin:
My response to a woman who read the above information and swears these drugs saved her. She also thought I should not be sharing private information.
None of what I shared here was private personal matters. All of it was professional Dana. And according to the judge in the first large Prozac induced murder/ suicide case in Louisville, KY, this is information that should be made available to the public and never have a gag order on it because IT IS A PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE.. That judge spent two years of his own time investigating that case in order to prove that there had been a Secret settlement of at least $50 million that was kept hidden from the public and not recorded as a settlement, thus allowing the drug company to use that case as “evidence” that Prozac was not the cause of that violence. Judge Potter was determined not to allow something like that to happen in his courtroom. And he was just has adamant that the public needs to know about the connection to these drugs in these cases involving violent crime and I agree with him. Here is a list of several thousand more which are all documented: SSRIstories.net
While I am sorry you and so many others were not given this information, as you should have, before they ever gave you these pills – drugs which are so incredibly difficult to withdraw from if you do not know what you are doing, at least you are getting the truth now. Sadly so many of these on this list did not get that information soon enough to save their lives.
The doctor whose research was used to develop this group of drugs, Dr. Candace Pert, came out against them in Time Magazine, October 8, 1997 calling the drugs “monsters” and wishing her work would never have been used to make them possible.
Also the doctor who worked for the drug maker came forward in 2010 to do his first interview in the US here in Utah. He admitted that these drugs were approved through bribery. He was the one who bribed the approval for the drug company and wanted to do what he could to reverse the damage he had caused by his actions.
What is tragic for all of those who were lied to about these drugs is that it takes years to wean off of the drug safely because the withdrawal must be so extremely gradual, generally taking years to wean off safely! There is nothing fair about that. Everything about this is wrong.
But then everything was wrong with the diet pills fen-phen and Redux which killed and disabled so many before being pulled from the market.
How many died before PCP (Angel Dust) was pulled after seven years on the market? No one knows. Sadly it took law enforcement and judges to get that one pulled because the AMA and FDA were not concerned.
And everything was wrong about the over 50,000 who died from taking the drug Vioxx pulled only a few years ago. And so many more prescription drugs!
Why we have not yet held the FDA accountable for so much suffering and death, I do not know! The public really needs to stand up & demand that this deception over prescription drugs comes to an end!
This is for every parent who has lost a child by “getting help” for their children when all that happened was the “system” murdered their child with an antidepressant known to DOUBLE their chances of suicide! PLEASE SHARE BUT ONLY DO SO WITH THE WARNINGS BELOW ON THE EXTREME DANGERS OF RAPID WITHDRAWAL!!!
Why would I use the term “murdered” or even pre-meditated murder”? I do that because after working since 1992 as an expert in court cases involving these drugs I am aware of internal company memos in which their own scientists warned them these drugs were actually causing suicide! And the company’s written memo in response to those scientists was that company could not afford to lose their antidepressant so the scientists would have to tell people that these suicides were being caused by an “underlying depression”, not their new antidepressant – their precious Golden Goose!
And I am also keenly aware of court testimony by their own pharmaceutical experts in a mass murder/suicide that when you chemically interfere with the metabolism of serotonin, which is what they admit these antidepressants are designed to do as “serotonin reuptake inhibitors.” They inhibit the metabolism of serotonin. And when you inhibit the metabolism of Serotonin, thus causing it to build up in the brain, you should EXPECT TO PRODUCE IMPULSIVE MURDER OR SUICIDE as an end result according to decades of research!
This testimony before the FDA in September of 2004 will give you the truth:
Most of you may have no idea who Del Shannon is because you are too young. But for us older folks we know that next to Elvis, who was also a victim of these prescription drugs, Del was the voice of early Rock and Roll & was loved worldwide! When he was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame in 1999 it was said, “It would have been better if this had happened while he was still alive, He sure deserved it!!”
If ANYONE would bother to actually read research (Something I have found EXTREMELY rare among physicians who generally just rely on drug salesmen to share info with them on new drugs!) they would find that the serotonin hypothesis in depression, anxiety, etc. is completely and totally backwards.
According to the pre-existing research on serotonin, long before these drugs were ever introduced to the market, serotonin is NOT low in depression, anxiety, ect. But in fact serotonin is actually elevated with all of these.
Serotonin Reuptake is Low!
What is low in depression is one’s ability to metabolize serotonin or serotonin reuptake – exactly what antidepressants are designed to impair! This is why they are called Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. They inhibit the reuptake (metabolism) of serotonin! They should therefore, CAUSE everything the marketing of these drugs tells us they will cure. And patient experience over the past 30 years since these drugs were introduced proves that to be true!
If anyone is interested in reading that research I gathered all of that to include along with the experiences patients were reporting as a result of using these SSRI antidepressants in my book on the SSRIs & SNRIs (which also inludes the new atypical antipsychotic drugs and any others working on serotonin reuptake such as Wellbutrin, Lyrica, Gabapentin, all the Atipycal Antipsychotics, etc.) in my book, “Prozac Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare!” there are 21 pages in small print of references to medical research in the back of the book to support everything said here. In fact the same material has been successfully used in court cases against these drugs. In fact serotonin is what LSD and PCP mimic in order to produce hallucinations/psychosis so as serotonin increases to higher and higher levels psychosis should be the expected end result along with this long list I shared with the FDA in the testimony below: migraines, hot flashes, pains around the heart, difficulty breathing, a worsening of bronchial complaints, tension and anxiety which appear from out of nowhere, depression, suicide – especially very violent suicide, hostility, violent crime, arson, substance abuse, psychosis, mania, organic brain disease, autism, anorexia, reckless driving, Alzheimer’s, impulsive behavior with no concern for punishment, and argumentative behavior.
Warning: Even though this information may be shocking to learn if you or a loved one is on one of these medications, whatever you do NEVER make abrupt changes in the dose of any of these drugs or come off them rapidly!!! If you do so the FDA has now warned those abrupt changes can cause suicide, hostility or psychosis. Sadly most need years to come off safely. You can learn here on our website how and why the brain needs such a gradual withdrawal process. And if you click “store” you can find my hour and a half long MP3 on safe withdrawal for only $4.95 which can be downloaded instantly with more information on serotonin than you will get in any one book I know of except for mine above.
FDA heard this in 2004
Here I am explaining to the FDA clear back in 2004 that incorrect serotonin hypothesis & what we should expect to see in our society as a result of the widespread use of these drugs:
I am Ann Blake-Tracy, head of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. I am the author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare and have testified in court cases involving antidepressants for 12 1/2 years. The last 15 years of my life have been devoted full time to researching and writing about SSRI antidepressants.
Research on serotonin has been clear from the very beginning that the most damaging thing that could be done to the serotonin system would be to impair one?s ability to metabolize serotonin. Yet that is exactly how SSRI antidepressants exert their effects.
For decades research has shown that impairing serotonin metabolism will produce migraines, hot flashes, pains around the heart, difficulty breathing, a worsening of bronchial complaints, tension and anxiety which appear from out of nowhere, depression, suicide – especially very violent suicide, hostility, violent crime, arson, substance abuse, psychosis, mania, organic brain disease, autism, anorexia, reckless driving, Alzheimer’s, impulsive behavior with no concern for punishment, and argumentative behavior.
How anyone ever thought it would be “therapeutic” to chemically induce these reactions is beyond me. Yet, these reactions are exactly what we have witnessed in our society over the past decade and a half as a result of the widespread use of these drugs.
In fact we even have a whole new vocabulary as a result with terms such as “road rage,” “suicide by cop,” “murder/suicide,” “going postal,” “false memory syndrome,” “school shooting,” “bi-polar” – every third person you meet anymore – along with the skyrocketing rates of antidepressant-induced diabetes and hypoglycemia.
Can you remember two decades ago when depressed people used to slip away quietly to kill themselves rather than killing everyone around them and then themselves as they do while taking SSRI antidepressants?
A study out of the University of Southern California in 1996 looked at a group of mutant mice in an experiment that had gone terribly wrong. These genetically engineered mice were the most violent creatures they had ever witnessed. They were born lacking the MAO-A enzyme which metabolizes serotonin. As a result their brains were awash in serotonin. This excess serotonin is what the researchers determined was the cause for this extreme violence. Antidepressants produce the same end result as they inhibit the metabolism of serotonin.
These are extremely dangerous drugs that should be banned as similar drugs have been banned in the past.
As a society we once thought LSD and PCP to be miracle medications with large margins of safety in humans. We have never seen drugs so similar to LSD and PCP as these SSRI antidepressants. All of these drugs produce dreaming during periods of wakefulness. It is believed that the high serotonin levels over stimulate the brain stem leading to a lack of muscle paralysis during sleep thus allowing the patient to act out the dreams or nightmares they are having. The world witnessed that clearly in the Zoloft-induced murder-suicide of comedian Phil Hartman and his wife, Brynn.
Connecticut witnessed the Prozac-induced case of Kelly Silk several years ago. This young mother attacked her family with a knife, then set the house on fire killing all but her 8 year old daughter who ran to the neighbors. As she stood bleeding and screaming for help she explained, “Help! My mommy is having a nightmare!”
Out of the mouths of babes we will understand these nightmares for what they are. She understood that this was something her mother would do ONLY in a nightmare, never in reality.
This is known as a REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. In the past it was known mainly as a drug withdrawal state, but the largest sleep facility in the country has reported that 86% of the cases they are diagnosing are patients on antidepressants.
Because this was known in the past as a condition manifesting mainly in drug withdrawal you should see how dangerous the withdrawal state from these drugs will prove to be. That is why it is so critical to make sure patients are weaned EXTREMELY slowly so as to avoid ANY chance of going into a withdrawal state.
“It’s really stunning to see such a large increase in suicide rates affecting virtually every age group,” said Katherine Hempstead, senior adviser for health care at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
If these statistics say nothing else, they at least make it clear that antidepressants do not work. And apparently the only ones surprised by this are the so called “experts” in suicide who have vested interests in Pharma and are therefore, turning a blind eye to statistics that have been starring them in the face for decades. Anyone familiar with my work on the dangers of antidepressants have expected this for some time now & witnessed it all around them. I encourage you to read this to see how bad it has become and before doing so I am going to share with you the testimonies of two of my good friends who testified to the FDA in 1991 that this was happening as a direct result of Prozac – the mother drug of this whole new generation of SSRI and SNRI antidepressants. We now have dozens of prescription drugs on the market which have warnings that they cause suicide. We have antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics, acne medications, asthma medications…the list is so very long! Even Tamiflu was removed from the market in Japan due to the suicides from that drug.
Anyone familiar with my work on the dangers of antidepressants have expected this for some time now & witnessed it all around them. I encourage you to read this to see how bad it has become. but before doing so I want you to see the video testimonies of two of my good friends testifying before the FDA in 1991. They warned that these suicides were increasing drastically as a direct result of Prozac – the mother drug of this whole new generation of SSRI & SNRI antidepressants & atypical antipsychotic drugs.
We now have dozens of prescription drugs on the market which have warnings that they cause suicide. We have antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics, acne medications, asthma medications…the list is so very long! Even Tamiflu was removed from the market in Japan due to the suicides from that drug. And about everyone in this country has access to a drug pusher they see regularly who they refer to as their personal physician while nurses share that 75% of the physicians and nurses they work with take antidepressants.
The first in sharing her experience almost three decades ago, in an attempt to prevent this nightmare, is LeAnne Westover, wife of singer Del Shannon (Charles Westover)…please click the following link to watch her testimony…
Second is Maria Malakoff, a Florida pharmacist, testifying about both her own suicide attempt on Prozac and the suicide of her husband, also a pharmacist. Maria warned the FDA back in 1991 that the day would come that every family in America would be affected by antidepressants if they did not issue warnings back then. Tragically her statement has proved prophetic!
Their pharmacy was the first pharmacy to remove Prozac from their shelves…
“It’s really stunning to see such a large increase in suicide rates affecting virtually every age group,” said Katherine Hempstead, senior adviser for health care at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
By SABRINA TAVERNISE
April 22, 2016
WASHINGTON — Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep anguish from a group whose suicide rates had been stable or falling since the 1950s.
The suicide rate for middle-aged women, ages 45 to 64, jumped by 63 percent over the period of the study, while it rose by 43 percent for men in that age range, the sharpest increase for males of any age. The overall suicide rate rose by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released the study on Friday.
The increases were so widespread that they lifted the nation’s suicide rate to 13 per 100,000 people, the highest since 1986. The rate rose by 2 percent a year starting in 2006, double the annual rise in the earlier period of the study. In all, 42,773 people died from suicide in 2014, compared with 29,199 in 1999.
“It’s really stunning to see such a large increase in suicide rates affecting virtually every age group,” said Katherine Hempstead, senior adviser for health care at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who has identified a link between suicides in middle age and rising rates of distress about jobs and personal finances.
Researchers also found an alarming increase among girls 10 to 14, whose suicide rate, while still very low, had tripled. The number of girls who killed themselves rose to 150 in 2014 from 50 in 1999. “This one certainly jumped out,” said Sally Curtin, a statistician at the center and an author of the report.
American Indians had the sharpest rise of all racial and ethnic groups, with rates rising by 89 percent for women and 38 percent for men. White middle-aged women had an increase of 80 percent.
The rate declined for just one racial group: black men. And it declined for only one age group: men and women over 75.
The data analysis provided fresh evidence of suffering among white Americans. Recent research has highlighted the plight of less educated whites, showing surges in deaths from drug overdoses, suicides,liver disease and alcohol poisoning, particularly among those with a high school education or less. The new report did not break down suicide rates by education, but researchers who reviewed the analysis said the patterns in age and race were consistent with that recent research and painted a picture of desperation for many in American society.
“This is part of the larger emerging pattern of evidence of the links between poverty, hopelessness and health,” said Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard and the author of “Our Kids,” an investigation of new class divisions in America.
The rise in suicide rates has happened slowly over many years. Federal health researchers said they chose 1999 as the start of the period they studied because it was a low point in the national suicide rate and they wanted to cover the full period of its recent sustained rise.
The federal health agency’s last major report on suicide, released in 2013, noted a sharp increase in suicide among 35- to 64-year-olds. But the rates have risen even more since then — up by 7 percent for the entire population since 2010, the end of the last study period — and federal researchers said they issued the new report to draw attention to the issue.
Policy makers say efforts to prevent suicide across the country are spotty. While some hospitals and health systems screen for suicidal thinking and operate good treatment programs, many do not.
“We have more and more effective treatments, but we have to figure out how to bake them into health care systems so they are used more automatically,” said Dr. Jane Pearson, chairwoman of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Suicide Research Consortium, which oversees the National Institutes of Health funding for suicide prevention research. “We’ve got bits and pieces, but we haven’t really put them all together yet.”
She noted that while N.I.H. funding for suicide prevention projects had been relatively flat — rising to $25 million in 2016 from $22 million in 2012 — it was a small fraction of funding for research of mental illnesses, including mood disorders like depression.
The new federal analysis noted that the methods of suicide were changing. About one in four suicides in 2014 involved suffocation, which includes hanging and strangulation, compared with fewer than one in five in 1999. Suffocation deaths are harder to prevent because nearly anyone has access to the means, Ms. Hempstead said. And while the share of suicides involving guns declined — guns went from being involved in 37 percent of female suicides to 31 percent, and from 62 percent to 55 percent for men — the total number of gun suicides increased..
The question of what has driven the increases is unresolved, leaving experts to muse on the reasons.
Disappointed expectations of social and economic well-being among less educated white men from the baby-boom generation may also be playing a role, she said. They grew up in an era that valued “masculinity and self-reliance” — characteristics that could get in the way of asking for help.
“It appears this group isn’t seeking help but rather turning to self-destructive means of dealing with their despair,” Professor Phillips said.
Another possible explanation: an economy that has eaten away at the prospects of families on the lower rungs of the income ladder.
“There was a consistent pattern,” he said, which held for all ages between 25 and 64. “When the economy got worse, suicides went up, and when it got better, they went down.”
But other experts pointed out that the unemployment rate had been declining in the latter period of the study, and questioned how important the economy was to suicide.
The gap in suicide rates for men and women has narrowed because women’s rates are increasing faster than men’s. But men still kill themselves at a rate 3.6 times that of women. Though suicide rates for older adults fell over the period of the study, men over 75 still have the highest suicide rate of any age group — 38.8 per 100,000 in 2014, compared with just four per 100,000 for their female counterparts.