Facts About Adult Suicide
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- Approximately 30,000 people in the United States kill themselves each year. About every 18 minutes someone in this country intentionally ends his or her life; it is estimated that an attempt is made about once a minute.
- The real figure for completed suicides may be as high as three to five times that number because many suicides go unreported.
- Suicide was the eleventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2003, third for youth.
- More people die from suicide than homicide in the United States.
- Between 1952 and 1995, the incidence of suicide among adolescents and young adults nearly tripled.
- Nevada was tied for the second highest suicide rate (18.9) in the United States in 2004. (Nevada was #1 for over a decade prior to 2000.)
- The Suicide Rate in Nevada is Nearly Double the National Average Rate (10.8).
- Suicide was the sixth leading cause of death in Nevada in 2004.
- In 2004, suicide claimed the lives of 352 of Nevada's adults over the age of 24.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 25-34 year olds.
- Each suicide leaves at least six bereaved family members and friends. Thus, 180,000 persons are traumatically impacted each year by the suicide of someone they care about. Since 1970 more than three million people in the U.S. have become "survivors of suicide".
- Survivors of suicide are at a higher risk for suicide than the general public.
- Many suicides are preventable.
- Prevention is often a matter of a caring person with the right knowledge being available in the right place at the right time.