Million & Counting
cALL 800-273-8255 or
text "sos" to 741741
Every hour and forty-five minutes,
another young person dies by suicide.
Teen/youth suicide rates have tripled since 1970.
Depression Screening Test
by Suicide and Self-inflicted Injury age 15-24,
Gender Comparisons (Men:Women)
Suicide Warning Signs
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The suicide statistics contained in this article are
gathered from studies done by the National Institute of
Suicide Deaths, U.S.,
- Suicide was the 11th leading cause
of death in the United States.
- It was the 8th leading cause of
death for males, and 19th leading cause of death for
- The total number of suicide deaths
- The 2001 age-adjusted rate** was
10.7/100,000 or 0.01%.
- 1.3% of total deaths were from
suicide. By contrast, 29% were from diseases of the
heart, 23% were from malignant neoplasms (cancer), and
6.8% were from cerebrovascular disease (stroke) - the
three leading causes.
- Suicides outnumbered homicides
(20,308) by 3 to 2.
- There were twice as many deaths
due to suicide than deaths due to HIV/AIDS
- Suicide by firearms was the most
common method for both men and women, accounting for 55%
of all suicides.
- More men than women die by
suicide. The gender ratio is 4:1.
- 73% of all suicide deaths are
80% of all firearm suicide deaths are white
- Among the highest rates (when
categorized by gender and race) are suicide deaths for
white men over 85, who had a rate of
- Suicide was the 3rd leading cause
of death among young adults and adolescents 15 to 24
years of age, following unintentional injuries and
homicide. The rate was 9.9/100,000 or .01%.
- The adolescent suicide rate among
youth ages 10-14 was 1.3/100,000 or 272 deaths among
20,910,440 children in this age group. The gender ratio
for this age group was 3:1 (males: females).
- The adolescent suicide rate among
youth aged 15-19 was 7.9/100,000 or 1,611 deaths among
20,271,312 adolescents in this age group. The gender
ratio for this age group was 5:1 (males:
- Among young people 20 to 24 years
of age, the suicide rate was 12/100,000 or 2,360 deaths
among 19,711,423 people in this age group. The gender
ratio for this age group was 7:1 (males:
Girls attempt suicide more than boys 3:1
Men succeed in suicide more than women
Boys succeed in suicide more than
Age 10-14 - 3:1
Age 15-19 - 5:1
Age 20-24 - 7:1
Studies show that 4 out of 5 teen suicide attempts have been
preceded by clear warning signs. Make sure you know
Pay attention to these suicide warning
- Suicide threats, direct and
- A teen's obsession with
- Poems, essays and drawings that
refer to death
- Dramatic change in personality or
- Irrational, bizarre
- Overwhelming sense of guilt, shame
- Changed eating or sleeping
- Severe drop in school
- Giving away belongings
If you know someone who exhibits some
of these warning signs - please contact a local therapist or
hotline immediately. If this is an emergency - contact 911
or Text "SOS" to 741741
Suicide Prevention Shows Results
Attempts declined by 40 percent where progam was used.
friend is talking about suicide. What should I do?"
If you've ever asked yourself this, you're not alone.
TeensHealth gives the answers to questions that teens like
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of yours in Q & A.
900,000 Teens Planned Suicides While Depressed
Approximately 900,000 American teens 12-17 years old had
made a plan to commit suicide during their worst or most
recent episode of major depression, and 712,000 attempted
suicide during such an episode, a new federal study
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"If you're feeling suicidal this would
be an ideal time to
try what you always wanted to try but were afraid to