national suicide prevention week 2010

September 5 – 11, 2010

  • Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 15.2 minutes.
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15- to 24-years-olds.
  • The elderly make up 12.6% of the population, but comprise 15.7% of all suicides.
  • Approximately 864,950 Americans attempt suicide each year.
  • 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.
  • An estimated 4.6 million Americans are survivors of the suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one.
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