Suicide Statistics

Around 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year (

Many who committed suicide never sought professional care (

Twice as many people die from suicide than HIV/AIDS (

Between 1952 and 1995, suicide rates among young adults nearly tripled (

More than 50% of all suicides are men, ages 25-65 (

Overdosing on medication is the most common way individuals attempt suicide (

Suicide rates in the U.S. are highest in the spring (

More than 50% of all suicides are committed with a firearm (

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in individuals, ages 15-24 (

15% of individuals who suffer from clinical depression commit suicide (

The highest suicide rate is among men, ages 85 or older (

1 in 65,000 children, ages 10-14, commit suicide every year (

The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression (

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States (homicide 15th) (CDC)

Around every 16.2 minutes someone commits suicide (CDC and AAS)

There are 4 male suicides for every 1 female suicide (CDC, AAS)

There are 3 female suicide attempts for every 1 male suicide attempt (CDC, AAS)

In 2004, it was estimated that 811,000 people attempted to commit suicide in the U.S. (AAS)

According to the Violent Death Reporting System, in 2004 73% of suicides also tested positive for at least one substance (alcohol, cocaine, heroin or marijuana) (