Suicide Awareness

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  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15 – 24 year olds.  (CDC)
  • The suicide rates decreased from 1990-2000 from 12.5 suicides per 100,000 to 10.4 per 100,000.  Over the past decade, however, the rate has again increased to 12.1 per 100,000. Every day, approximately 105 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)
  • There is one death by suicide in the US every 13 minutes. (CDC)
  • In 2013, the highest suicide rate (19.1) was among people 45 to 64 years old. The second highest rate (18.6) occurred in those 85 years and older. Younger groups have had consistently lower suicide rates than middle-aged and older adults. In 2013, adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 had a suicide rate of 10.9.  (CDC)
  • For many years, the suicide rate has been about 4 times higher among men than among women. Of those who died by suicide in 2013, 77.9% were male and 22.1% were female.  (CDC)
  • Over 800 000 people die due to suicide every year around the world. (WHO)
  • 75% of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries.(WHO)
  • Ingestion of pesticide, hanging and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally. (WHO)

Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

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