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Facts & Statistics

Studies indicate that the best way to prevent suicide is through the early recognition and treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses. Figures from the National Center for Health Statistics for 2001.

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  • Over 34,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year.
  • In 2007 (latest available date), there were 34,598 reported suicide deaths.
  • Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years old, with approximately 28,628 suicides.
  • Currently, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • A person dies by suicide about every fifteen minutes in the U.S. An attempt is estimated to be made once every minute.
  • Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
  • There are more than four male suicides for every female suicide, but three times as many females as males attempt suicide.
  • Every day, approximately 90 Americans take their own life, and 2,300 more attempt to do so.

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