Preventing suicide is everyone's business. As members of a family, a school, business, neighborhood, faith communities, friends, and our government, we all need to work together to solve this problem. I ask everyone to help by learning about the symptoms of mental illnesses and substance abuse, the warning signs of suicide, how to stand with and support who is in crisis, and hot to get someone you care about the help they need.
Surgeon General Dr. Regina Bnjamin.
a person dies by suicide in the US
25-34 years olds and the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-years olds. Almost 16% of students in grades 9 to 12 report having seriously considered suicide.
Among the 1.1 million adults who attempted suicide in the past year, 752,000 (67.2%) received medical attention for their suicide attempt in the past year, and 572,000 (51.1%) stayed overnight or longer in a hospital as a result of their suicide attempt.
Adults in 2013 who were unemployed in the past year were more likely than those who were employed full time to have serious thoughts of suicide (7.0 vs 3.0%), made suicide plans (2.3 vs 0.7%), and attempt suicide (1.4 vs 0.3%)
Compared with adults with private health insurance, adults with Medicaid or CHIP had higher rates of serious thoughts of suicide (6.3 vs 3.1%), making suicide plans (1.9 vs 0.8%), and attempting suicide (1.3 vs 0.3%)
The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first days of 2012 outdistances the U.S. troops killed in action in Afghanistan by about 50%.
Lesbians, gay, bisexual and trans youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide a their non-LGBT peers.
seriously considered suicide in the past year.
2 million adolescents attempts suicide annually, resulting in 500,000 ER visits.
Among college students there are a reported 1,100 suicides per year and 50% of college students report suicidal ideation ate some time in life.
Worldwide suicide accounts for $34.6 billion in combined medical and work-loss damages yearly and a majority of violence-related injury deaths (64%).
There are 25 attempts for every death by suicide for the nation; 100-200:1 for the young; 4:1 for the elderly.
90% of individuals who die by suicide have untreated mental illness - of these, 60% have depression.
Under- treatment of mental illness is pervasive - 50-75% of those in need receive no treatment or inadequate treatment; 50-75% of children with depression go undiagnosed and untreated. 50-75% untreated.
Of every 100,000 people in each of these ethnic/racial groups, the following number died by suicide in 2013
Nearly one-half of the people who die by suicide have seen a primary care physician within a month of death. Primary care visits may represent an important opportunity for suicide prevention.