I'd never looked into it before. I was prompted to check by a commenter who was annoyed by my posts on the Obama birth certificate nonsense. He claimed that psychologists have the highest suicide rate of any profession. It was part of an incoherent ad hominem argument, so it isn't worth trying to explain the alleged link between psychologist suicides and the inauthenticity of Obama's birth certificate.
But I'd never heard that claim about the suicide rate of psychologists. Although I was skeptical, I didn't think it beyond the realm of possibility that the suicide rate could, indeed, be higher than average among psychologists.
Just checking online, I found an abstract for a study that looked at gender, professions and suicide rates. Nothing in the findings remotely indicated that psychologists have the highest occupational rate of suicide. Moreover, the reported rate for male psychologists was lower than the rate for men in the general population. But, I'm a bit skeptical about the APA data used in the study, because I don't know that the APA is always provided with accurate information when members die.
While there is a great deal of folk knowledge about occupational rates of suicide floating around (I'd always heard about dentists and cops), I imagine that it would be difficult to collect good data. The authors of an article that appeared in The Monitor report that a large-scale study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety found a higher suicide rate among persons in the medical field, but nothing conclusive beyond that:
Surely some of my readers must know more about this subject than I do, so feel free to share what you've got. I'm interested in research findings rather than fantasy, so if you base your assertions about suicide rates on nothing more than your self-proclaimed"redneck perspective," you will be deleted promptly...again.