The Truth About Suicide

Worldwide there are more deaths due to suicide than to accidents, homicides and war combined.

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans.  Approximately 34,000 people kill themselves each year. More people survive suicide attempts than actually die, nationally someone dies by suicide every 15 minutes, someone will attempt suicide every 40 seconds.

There is a wide belief that it is the youth that complete suicide at the highest rates in the United States. This is  untrue, white males, over the age of 65 currently have the highest rate of suicide.

There are approximately four male suicides for every female suicide. However three women attemp for each male attempt. There are an estimated 8 to 25 suicide attempts for every one completed suicide.  

Over 90 percent of people who die by suicide had at least one psychiatric illness at the time of their death. Depression is currently one of the top causes of disability in the world today.  80 percent of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully, however many that attempt suicide or deal with clinical depression do not seek professional help. Unfortunately those that do seek help do not always get effective treatment.  Make sure to speak to your healthcare provider about treatment options. Early recognition and treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses appears to be the best way to prevent suicide.

Myths and Facts of Suicide