Jobs can be stressful, but there are some that cause more mental illness than others, according to a new report…
Jobs can be stressful, but there are some that cause more mental illness than others, according to a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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The agency recently conducted a study to determine the occupational groups with the highest suicide rate. To do that, they examined data from 17 states that participated in the National Violent Death Reporting System 2012 and 2015.
In summary, the researchers analyzed the suicide time of 22 053 Americans in the working age, and they identified jobs using Standard Occupational Classifications as established by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
After stunned the results, the construction and recovery field, which included jobs as carpenters, electricians and miners, had the highest number of suicides for men in 201
5 and calculated 53.2 suicides per 100,000 working people.
For women in 2015, arts, design, entertainment, sports and media careers had the highest suicide rate, with 15.6 suicides per 100,000 working people. These jobs include illustrators, tattoos and professional sports players.
The greatest increase in suicide speech among men occurred in art, design, entertainment, sports and the media. This was an increase of 47 percent between 2012 and 2015. The largest increase for women between 2012 and 2015 was in food preparation and service-related groups, with a 54 percent increase.
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The education, education and library field, which includes teachers, professors and archivists, had the lowest suicide rates for both men and women.
The analysts could not determine a specific reason for the connection between certain careers and suicide rates, because they think there are several explanations.
“Suicide etiology is multifactorial and identifying the specific role that occupational factors can play in suicide risk is complicated,” explained the team. “Both work (such as small job control or occupational safety) and non-labor conflicts (eg conflict of interests) are associated with mental distress and suicide.”
The researchers noted some limitations. They acknowledged that the results were not nationally representative because only 17 states participated. But they said there should be more knowledge about suicide rates from each career group.
“A better understanding of how suicide is distributed by a professional group can help inform preventive programs and policies. Because many adults spend a lot of time at work, the workplace is an important but underutilized site for suicide prevention,” the authors say. “Further and tailored prevention methods may be necessary to support higher risk workers.”
Want to learn more about the evaluation. Take a look at the entire report here.
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