Suicide Facts


  • It has been shown that 20% of us will experience a suicide within our immediate family, and a full 60% of us will personally know of someone who dies by suicide. 
  • Over 33,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. A person dies by suicide about every 16 minutes in the United States. An attempt is estimated to be made once every minute. 
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people aged from 10 to 24 and the second leading cause of death aged 24 to 34. 
  • Among young people aged 10-14 years, the rate has doubled in the last two decades.
  • From 1979 to 2006, 846,845 people died by suicide in the US, whereas 539,009 died from AIDS and HIV-related diseases.
  • Each year approximately one million people in the world die by suicide. This toll is higher than the total number of world deaths each year from war and homicide combined. 
  • In 2006 the suicide rate of 11.2/100,000 was greater than the rate of 6.2/100,000 for homicides in the US.
  • Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
  • Popular belief mistakenly holds that improvement following a suicide attempt means the risk is over. In fact, most suicides occur within weeks of apparent improvement, with the highest suicide rates immediately after a hospitalization for a suicide attempt.

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