facts

  • Nearly 1 million people commit suicide each year (one person every 40 seconds).1
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-44 years.2
  • Very few terminally ill people consider taking their own lives and when they do, it is due to depression.3
  • Suicide rates for males are highest among those aged 75+.4
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • Depression increases the risk of suicide.5
  • Religious affiliation can account for significantly reduced suicide rates.6
  • Males are 4 times more likely to commit suicide than females.4
  • Females attempt suicide 3 times as often as males.4
  • In the United States, suicide by firearms is the most common method.7
  • States and countries who rank the highest for “happiness” also tend to have the highest suicide rates.8
  • Being married decreases the risk of suicide as does being a parent.9
  • Developed and industrialized countries have higher rates of suicide than non-industrialized countries.10
  • Suicide rates are lowest in December.11

Sources:

  1. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/234219.php
  2. https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-suicide
  3. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=84760&page=3
  4. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=84760
  5. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=84760&page=4
  6. http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/abs/10.1176/appi.ajp.161.12.2303
  7. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=84760
  8. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110421082641.htm
  9. http://www.hsccs.org/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=13737
  10. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20507781_9,00.html
  11. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hide-and-seek/201212/is-suicide-more-common-christmas-time