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Suicide Facts & Statistics

Many suicides can be prevented, but not all.

Internationally, more than 1,000,000 people die by suicide every year.

Nationally, approximately 38,364 (2010) deaths a year are attributed to suicide. This is a low number because it is sometimes difficult to prove suicide.

More than 240,500 people are devastated by suicide each year.

Girl SittingFemales attempt suicide more often than males, but males die by suicide more often than females.

Completed suicides increase as with age. Currently white males over 65 have the highest suicide rate in America followed closely by African American/Native American males.

The risk of death by suicide is 2-3 times greater in youth who feel they may be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or questioning. LGBTQ youths' ability to "blend in" with other youth and bullying can affect the rate of attempts.

Since 2007, there has been a rise in death by suicide among Veterans.

Alcohol is a factor in at least 30% of all suicides.

Fifty-two percent of suicide deaths are by using a firearm. Firearms are now the leading method of suicide in women, as well as men.

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 15-24 and the second leading cause of death among those between the ages of 25-34

Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death for 1-14 year olds. In fact, this is the one of the fastest growing group of people dying by suicide in addition to African American and Native American males.

Depression or other mood disorders, including anxiety, play a factor in 60-90% of all suicides.

Most people who die by suicide have attempted suicide at least once before or have rehearsed their death by suicide.

Most common methods of death by suicide:

  1. Firearms
  2. Poisoning (medications)
  3. Hanging