Are women or men at higher risk?
- Suicide was the seventh leading cause of death for males and the fifteenth leading cause of death for females in 2007.1
- Almost four times as many males as females die by suicide.1
- Firearms, suffocation, and poison are by far the most common methods of suicide, overall. However, men and women differ in the method used, as shown below.1
|Suicide by:||Males (%)||Females (%)|
Is suicide common among children and young people?
- Children ages 10 to 14 — 0.9 per 100,000
- Adolescents ages 15 to 19 — 6.9 per 100,000
- Young adults ages 20 to 24 — 12.7 per 100,000
As in the general population, young people were much more likely to use firearms, suffocation, and poisoning than other methods of suicide, overall. However, while adolescents and young adults were more likely to use firearms than suffocation, children were dramatically more likely to use suffocation.1
There were also gender differences in suicide among young people, as follows:
- Nearly five times as many males as females ages 15 to 19 died by suicide.1
- Just under six times as many males as females ages 20 to 24 died by suicide.1
Are older adults at risk?
Older Americans are disproportionately likely to die by suicide.
- Of every 100,000 people ages 65 and older, 14.3 died by suicide in 2007. This figure is higher than the national average of 11.3 suicides per 100,000 people in the general population. 1
- Non-Hispanic white men age 85 or older had an even higher rate, with 47 suicide deaths per 100,000.1
Are Some Ethnic Groups or Races at Higher Risk?
Of every 100,000 people in each of the following ethnic/racial groups below, the following number died by suicide in 2007.1
- Highest rates:
- American Indian and Alaska Natives — 14.3 per 100,000
- Non-Hispanic Whites — 13.5 per 100,000
- Lowest rates:
- Hispanics — 6.0 per 100,000
- Non-Hispanic Blacks — 5.1 per 100,000
- Asian and Pacific Islanders — 6.2 per 100,000
A lot of these statistics are for 2007. Given today’s economical problems and health care cuts, bullying and life in general, I am sure the numbers are higher now.
This is a subject we don’t want to talk about or see signs of in others, but we can’t turn away from the facts. Suicide can be prevented. Be a life line. Watch those you know and love if their behavior changes. Behavior change does not always indicate suicide or mental illness, but being aware can help save a life.
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