It's a taboo subject, but an important one as numbers suggest more people die from suicide than from being involved in a car accident. Over the last decade suicide rates rates have risen by nearly 30 percent for Americans ages 35 to 64, and one professor says those numbers are likely under-reported.
It can happen fast, like in the case of husband and father Pat Moore. Moore was one of Kearney's premier home builders when he shot himself five years ago.
He was a fast moving contractor; he built over 200 homes in Kearney, according to his wife Tami, who also took care of the company's books. She says it didn't
She also says he had started taking a beta-blocking drug for a heart issue, shortly after which he began to battle insomnia, nightmares and hallucinations. A month later, he killed himself.
Carol Larson, a mental health counselor, says there may be warning signs for some, but warns that those signs may often be hidden. "Generally, there's no way to spy it. There might not be a warning sign," she said, noting that many individuals who ultimately commit suicide are secretive about those things most bothering them. Following her husband's death, Tami Moore has studied suicide. She says she had no warning, there was no heads up. She now can only point to a drug that prompted serious side effects that turned her husband's, and then her family's world upside-down.
Unfortunately many medications have side effects, which is why it is important for patients to be educated on the possible side effects and to communicate with family members and physicians when problems arise.