There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition.
Suicide is a public health issue that impacts individuals from a variety of backgrounds and of all ages. Every year, millions of Americans are directly affected by more than 44,000 suicides and hundreds of thousands of suicide attempts made by friends or loved ones (source: AFSP).
While these numbers are staggering, suicide is preventable and anyone can help by educating themselves with some knowledge on Facts, Risk Factors, Warning Signs and What to Do you when someone you love is in a crisis situation.
The age-adjusted suicide rate in 2017 was 14.0 per 100,000 individuals.
The rate of suicide is highest in middle-age white men in particular.
In 2017, men died by suicide 3.54x more often than women.
On average, there are 129 suicides per day.
White males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2017.
In 2017, firearms accounted for 50.57% of all suicide deaths.
10th Leading Cause of Death in the US
47,173 Americans died by suicide
1,400,000 suicide attempts
Suicide & self-injury cost the US $69 Billion