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Facts & Figures

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Did you know that over 41,000 people in the U.S. die by suicide every year?

The statistics surrounding suicide are alarming. The Center for Disease Control reports that there has been a dramatic rise in suicide rates in the last 15 years. In fact, the incidence of suicide has almost tripled.

Below are facts and statistics divided by categories:

General

In 2013 (the latest year for which we have national statistics), there were 41,149 suicides in the U.S. (112.7 suicides per day; 1 suicide every 12.8 minutes).  This translates to an annual suicide rate of 13.0 per 100,000.

Suicide is tenth leading cause of death.

Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death, most commonly a depressive disorder or substance abuse disorder.

Every day, approximately 112 Americans take their own life, and 2,800 attempt to do so.


Youth

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds.
  • Among young people aged 10-14 years, the rate has doubled in the last two decades.
  • Young people were much more likely to use firearms, suffocation, and poisoning than other methods of suicide, overall.

 

Elderly

  • Suicide rates for men rise with age, most significantly after 65.
  • The rate of suicide in men 65 and older is five times that of females who are 65 and older.
  • The suicide rates for women peak between the ages of 45-49 years old.
  • About 60 percent of elderly patients who take their own lives see their primary care physician within a few months of their death.
  • Of every 100,000 people ages 65 and older, 16.1 died by suicide in 2013. This figure is higher than the national average of 13 suicides per 100,000 people in the general population.

 

Women and Men

  • Suicide was the seventh leading cause of death for males and the fifteenth leading cause of death for females in 2007.
  • Almost four times as many males as females die by suicide; but women report attempting suicide during their lifetime about three times as often as men.

 

Alcohol and Suicide

  • Alcoholism is a factor in about 30 percent of all completed suicides.
  • An estimated one to six percent of individuals with alcohol dependency will die by suicide.
  • People who are addicted to alcohol are at higher risk if they also suffer from depression. At the time of death by suicide, 50 to 75 percent of alcohol-dependent individuals are suffering from depression.

Firearms and Suicide

  • Firearms are used in more suicides than homicides.
  • Firearms are the most commonly used method of suicide for men accounting for 56% of the deaths.

References:  American Association of Suicidology, National Institute of Mental Health, CDC

Learn about the warnings and risk factors associated with suicide. Find out what kind of prevention programs may be available in your area.

 

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