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Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet

  • Suicide is a large and growing public health problem.


  • Suicide was responsible for nearly 45,000 deaths in the United States in 2016, with approximately one death every 12 minutes.


  • In 2016, 9.8 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 2.8 million made a plan, and 1.3 million attempted suicide.


  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 10 to 34 years of age, the fourth leading cause among people 35 to 54 years of age, and the eighth leading cause among people 55 to 64 years of age.

  • Throughout the world, 2,000 people kill themselves each day. 


  • That’s 90 per hour…one death every 40 seconds.


  • From another perspective, you are more likely to kill yourself than be killed by someone else.


  • Studies have found that more than 75% of all completed suicides did things in the few weeks or months prior to their deaths to indicate to others that they were in deep despair.


  • Most people who commit suicide have talked about or given definite warning signs of their suicidal intentions, but others are often unaware of the significance of the warnings or unsure about what to do.

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