No Time to Die

U.S. citizens are now too busy and too prosperous for suicide, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. reported. During 1943, U.S. suicides dropped from the average 19,000 of pre-Pearl Harbor years to a mere 13,000. Sharpest decline in the urge to self-destruction (a 35% drop) was among insured women in the 20-to-25 age group.

Metropolitan reached the traditional conclusion that a falling suicide rate indicates: 1) a business boom, 2) high civilian morale.

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