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Suicide is a major cause of death in in the USA as indicated by the following statistics:
About 30,000 people in the USA die by suicide each year or 82 people die by suicide each day. That is 12 suicide deaths for every 100,000 people in the USA each year.
There are some estimates that as many as 20% of suicide deaths are not reported.
Every year in the USA, more people die by suicide than by motor vehicle accidents. It’s like a jumbo jet carrying 340 passengers crashing every 10 days with all lives lost.
For every suicide there are many other suicide attempts. For people who feel suicidal there are many visits to emergency rooms, hospitalizations, and other interventions. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates as many as 20 attempts for every suicide. One in seven Americans has seriously considered suicide.
While suicide rates have been lower in certain areas, people all over in large cities, small towns, and rural areas do attempt suicide and take their own lives. Every person who dies by suicide directly impacts at least 10 family members, friends, or colleagues.
People who die by suicide include parents, partners, children, friends, neighbours and those from all socio-economic, age, gender, and cultural groups. No part of society is immune from possible suicide deaths. Suicide affects us all. It remains one of the country's most serious public health issues.
Women attempt suicide at a rate four times higher than men. But men die by suicide at a rate four times higher than women.
Suicide deaths occur in all age groups. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24. Because of isolation, illness and loneliness, seniors are at greater risk for suicide than teenagers.
Adapted from Centre for Suicide Prevention – SIEC: Suicide Information and Education Collection.
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