In 2010, there were 38,364 suicide cases in the United States with an average of 105 each day. This makes suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. There were twice as many deaths due to HIV/AIDS and the overall rate was 11.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people. In addition, an average of 1 person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among people aged 15-24 years, 2nd among people aged 25-34, the 4th among people aged 35-54 and the 8th among people 55-64 years. Also, in 2007, suicide was the 7th leading cause of death for males and the 15th leading cause of death for females. Four times more men than women killed themselves; but three times more women than men attempted suicide.
Furthermore, firearms, suffocation and poison are by far the most common methods of suicide, overall. Firearms were the most commonly used method of suicide among males (56%) while poisoning was the most common method of suicide for females (37.4%)
These cases are further influenced by certain risk factors such as depression, mental disorders, substance-abuse disorder, prior suicide attempt, family history of mental disorder, family history of suicide, family violence including physical or sexual abuse, firearms in the home, incarceration and exposure to the suicidal behavior of others such as family members, peers, or the media. Among these risk factors, the strongest risk factor for suicide is depression.
Moreover, these suicides resulted in an estimated $34.6 billion medical and work loss costs. However, research has shown medications and therapy to be effective suicide prevention and can also be prevented through education and public awareness.
Suicide, self-destruction, self-murder- call it whatever you want. At the end of the day it'll all fall on one thing: taking a valuable gift. It is best to be aware of the factors that influence these incidents and how it can be prevented. Saving lives is definitely important and a better way to start caring for others is by taking care of you first.