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Report: 'Happy' states have some of the nation's highest suicide rates

Posted On Tue, April 26, 2011

Some sad statistics are being revealed about some of the nation's happiest places.

According to a new study published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, states scoring positively in well-being and quality of life have some of the highest suicide rates in the country.

For instance, of the 10 states with theh highest rates of well-being, three of them were among the top 10 in suicides, with Wyoming ranking fifth, Colorado sixth and Utah - which has the designation as the country's 'happiest' state - ninth.

Andrew Oswald, a professor from the University of Warwick in England and lead author, tried to explain this dissonance.

"Discontented people in a happy place may feel particularly harshly treated by life," Oswald said.

The researchers came to their conclusions after collecting data from the Behavioral Risk-Factor Surveillance System survey, which is conducted by the federal government monthly.

Suicide is a devastating ordeal for a family to endure emotionally and financially, especially if the person committing the act is the primary provider. In the event the person is successful in the attempt, life insurance policies may have a suicide clause containing rules as to whether families are eligible to receive funds. 

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