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The Numbers Involving Suicide in US

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Suicide Facts:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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%)
Risk Factors Affecting Suicide:
  • Depression (the strongest risk factor)
  • 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.