Facts and Warning Signs About Suicide

Facts About Suicide:

  • An American dies by suicide every 12.95 minutes.looking-at-the-sea-1001831-m[1]
  • Over 40,000 Americans die by suicide every year.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 19-24 and the 5th leading cause of death for ages 45-59.
  • In 2012 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), men had a suicide rate of 20.3 and women had a suicide rate of 5.4.
  • Of those who died in 2012, 78.3 % were males and 21.7% were females.
  • White males accounted for 65% of all suicides in 2012.
  • In 2012, firearms accounted for 50.9% of all suicide deaths. Suffocating accounted for 24.8% and poisoning for 16.6%.

 

Warning Signs:

A suicidal person may talk about:juston-1025516-m[1]

  • Hurting or killing themselves.
  • Having no reason to live.
  • Being a burden to others.
  • Feeling trapped or having no options.
  • Experiencing unbearable pain.

A suicidal person may:

  • Begin or increase their use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Act irrational or reckless.
  • Exhibit depression, agression, apathy, or agitation.
  • Search for information or gather the materials to kill themselves.
  • Withdraw from favorite activites.
  • Isolate from family and friends.
  • Sleep and eat too much or too little.
  • Plan for the future/Give away favorite possessions.

*Facts and figures taken from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 120 Wall Street New York, NY 10005 888-333-AFSP (2377) www.afsp.org Many statistics were taken from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which collects data about suicide deaths. Facts and Figures – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 120 Wall Street New York, NY 10005 888-333-AFSP (2377) www.afsp.org Many statistics were taken from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which collects data about suicide deaths.

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