- 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.