Suicide

Suicide is the conscious and deliberate act of killing oneself.

Almost everyone who completes suicide either had, or would have been, diagnosed with a mental illness..  Mental illness is treatable.

  • Most common mental health disorders associated with suicide are depression and bipolar disorders, followed closely by substance-related disroders and schizophrenia.

  • Often suicide is considered to be so dramatic and traumatic that it is rare.  In reality, world-wide, suicide is more common than death by accidents, homicide, and war combined.

    • In the U.S., in 2010 (the most recent statistics) there were over 38,000 suicides.
    • That equates to 1 suicide every 13.7 minutes, or 105 per day.

 

  • In 2010 in the U.S., suicide by age was:
    • 10th leading cause of death for all ages;
    • 8th leading cause of death for those aged 55-64;
    • 4th leading cause of death for those aged 35-54;
    • 2nd leading cause of death for those aged 25-34;
    • 3rd leading cause of death for those aged 15-24.
   
   
  • In the U.S., men are:
    • 4 times more likely to complete suicide, and
    • less likely to utilize support systems to avoid suicide attempts.
  • In the U.S., women are:
    • 3 times more likely to attempt suicide, and
    • Every 90 minutes a women completes suicide.
    • Every 78 seconds a woman attempts suicide.
    • more likely to utilize support systems to avoid suicide attempts.
   

 

Additional statistical information available at: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.