National Suicide Prevention Week is Here

This week is the 35th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week.

Some Facts:

  • Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 16 minutes.
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15- to 24-years-olds.
  • The elderly make up 12.4% of the population, but comprise 16% of all suicides.
  • Approximately 811,000 Americans attempt suicide each year.
  • One person completes suicide every 16 minutes.
  • It is estimated that five million living Americans have attempted to kill themselves.
  • Every year in the United States, more than 17,000 men and women kill themselves with a gun; two-thirds more than the number who use a gun to kill another person.
  • In the U.S., 50% more people die by suicide than by homicide each year.
  • An estimated 5 million Americans are survivors of the suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one.

Some Resources:

American Association of Suicidology
Phone: 202-237-2280
www.suicidology.org

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Phone: 1-888-333-AFSP
Phone: 212-363-3500
www.afsp.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Phone: 1-800-311-3435
www.cdc.gov

National Institute of Mental Health
Phone: 301-443-4513
http://www.nimh.nih.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Phone: 1-800-487-4890
www.samhsa.gov

Office of the Surgeon General/ National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
www.mentalhealth.org/suicideprevention

Source: American Association of Suicidology

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