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Suicide Facts

One of the most important suicide facts is that in 2010, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death for all individuals.

In the United States in 2010, there were 38,364 suicides, or on average, 105 a day.

In 2009, 33.3% of suicide victims tested positive for alcohol, 23% tested positive for antidepressants, and 20.8% tested positive for opiates.

Including medical costs and lost work, suicide leads to a loss of $34.6 billion.

Gender and Suicide Facts

79% percent of all suicides in the United States are committed by males, who are four times more likely to commit suicide than females

Females are more likely to have experienced thoughts of suicide.

For males, firearms are the most common suicide method, amounting to 56% of suicides. For females, poisoning is the most common, amounting to 37.4%.

Age and Suicide Facts

For people between 15 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. It is second for people from 25 to 34, fourth for people from 35 to 54, and eighth for people 55-64.

Each year, suicide makes up 20% of all deaths for people aged 15 to 24.

For females, the highest rates of suicide are for those from 45 to 54.

For males, the highest rates are for those 75 or older.

For adults 75 years or older, the rate was 16.3 suicides for every 100,000 people.

Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts are much more common among people aged 18-29 than those over 30.

Suicide Facts about Nonfatal Suicidal Behavior

For adults (18 and older) in the US from 2008 to 2009:

-3.7% of the population, or 8.3 million individuals, reported experiencing thoughts of suicide in the past year.

-1.0% of the population, or 2.2 million individuals, reported planning a suicide attemot in the past year.

-0.5% of the population, or 1 million individuals, reported attempting suicide in the past year.

-For every 25 suicide attempts, there is one completed suicide.

-For those from 15 to 24 years old, there are an estimated 100-200 suicide attempts for every suicide.

For youth in grades 9-12 in 2011:

-15.8% of students reported seriously contemplating a suicide attempt in the previous 12 months

-12.8% of students reported making a plan for a suicide attempt in the previous 12 months

-7.8% of students reported attempting suicide at least once in the previous 12 months

-2.4% of students reported a suicide attempt that required medical attention

Suicide Facts about Nonfatal Self-Injury

487,700 people received emergency medical attention for self-inflicted injuries in 2011.

Nonfatal, self-inflicted injuries cost over $6.5 billion, including medical costs and lost work.

Suicide Facts about Race and Ethnicity

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for American Indians/Alaska Natives between 15 and 34.

Suicides among American Indians/Alaska Natives in this age group occur at a rate 2.5 times higher than that of the general population in this age group.

More Hispanic female students in grades 9-12 reported suicide attempts than Black, non-Hispanic females and White, non-Hispanic females in the same age group.

If you or someone you care about is considering suicide, please seek treatment.  Understanding suicide facts are an important first step.  Because our treatment for depression relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful suicide prevention treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting.  If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression, suicide or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.