Suicide Facts

  • Suicide is preventable.
  • Talking about suicide does not cause someone to be suicidal.
  • Approximately 30,000 people die by suicide each year.
  • Approxiamtely 750,000 attempt suicide each year.
  • More people die by suicide than by homicide.
  • It is estimated that 1 person out of 25 who attempt suicide die by suicide.
  • Thoughts of suicide are extremely common. But if you have thoughts of suicide you should seek treatment immediately.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 24.
  • Over half of all suicides occur in adult men, ages 25-65.
  • Suicide rates among the elderly are highest for those who are divorced or widowed.
  • 80% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully.
  • The highest suicide rate is among men over 85 years old.
  • It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million survivors in this country.
  • There are four male suicides for every female suicide.
  • There are three female suicide attempts for each male attempt.
  • Suicide is a community problem and everyone can have a role in the solution.