Depression may contribute to baby boomers and a rising suicide rate.

Baby Boomers and a Rising Suicide Rate

A demographic group, the baby boom generation is often defined as the group of individuals born from 1946 to 1964. Unfortunately, there has been data citing baby boomers and a rising suicide rate. If you or someone in your life is struggling, seek help. There are people who are available to talk through issues. You can even connect with a personal counselor from the privacy and comfort of your own home. 

The term baby boomers comes from the fact people in this generation were born during the baby boom following World War II. Each generation has its own struggles and the baby boomers are no exception. As baby boomers age, some have trouble coping with their families, finances, and mental health issues. 

What Are the Mental Health Issues Experienced by Boomers?

One of the barriers to seeking help for many baby boomers is that they grew up in households where mental health was not acknowledged or discussed. Make no mistake, depression, anorexia, anxiety, and PTSD were experienced, but some in the culture at that time believed in shoving problems aside, not addressing core issues. But when problems are not addressed, they can exacerbate. Addressing issues, learning how to live and heal, can improve lives.

Issues that are commonly experienced by individuals over the age of 50:

  • Anxiety. Older adults can experience heightened anxiety due to social isolation, financial stress, trauma, and memory concerns. 
  • Depression. Physical ailments, ongoing pain, and loss of work connections, family, and friends can lead to depression symptoms. 
  • Substance abuse. When seniors are coping with mental health issues and don’t have proper support, some abuse alcohol or misuse medications. 

Acknowledging the link between baby boomers and a rising suicide rate can save lives. When people recognize a risk, they may be more willing to seek help for themselves or their loved ones. 

There are also times when issues need to be talked about before larger problems manifest. For example, if you are a senior facing retirement and having financial concerns, find real world solutions to those problems when possible. This circumstance is not rare. After all, according to one report, 45% of baby boomers have no money saved for retirement. When there is not enough saved, stress levels can rise. Talking through possible solutions can lead to relief. 

Are There Solutions to Issues of Baby Boomers and a Rising Suicide Rate?

Everyone is unique, so one solution does not apply to all individuals. That said, there are ways to improve lives and reduce feelings of hopelessness. When individuals connect with others, it can help to awaken their lives. Personal connections can happen through volunteer programs, community centers, and appointments with personal counselors.

The reality of baby boomers and a rising suicide rate should not be ignored. There are ways for seniors to improve their lives. For example, building a support network of friends, family, and professionals. Or, bonding with a pet, pursuing a hobby, or beginning an exercise routine. At every age, people can develop meaning in their lives. 

Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.

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