Current research suggests that suicide ideation and attempts among adolescents have nearly doubled since 2008 (Plemmons et al., 2018).
As of 2014, suicide rates in the United States were 24% higher than in 1999, an increase for both males and females ages 75 and younger (Curtin, Warner, & Hedegaard, 2016).
From 1993 to 2012, school-aged suicide trends have stayed relatively constant (from 1.18 to 1.09 per 1 million), however, trends on a racial level have not. The suicide rates among black youth have significantly increased (from 1.36 to 2.54 per 1 million) and among white youth have decreased (from 1.14 to 0.77 per 1 million) (Bridge, Asti, Horowitz, Greenhouse, Fontanella, Sheftall, Kelleher, & Camp, 2015).
Nearly 10% of freshman students reported that they “frequently felt depressed” (Eagan et al., 2014).
Between 6% and 8% of college students report having serious suicidal thoughts, but between 1% and 2%of students will actually attempt suicide each year (American College Health Association, 2013).
As of 2013, there were 41,149 (112.7/day) national suicides, accounting for 1.6% of deaths (Drapeau & McIntosh, 2015).
32,055 men (87.8/day) committed suicide versus 9,094 females (24.9/day) in 2013 (Drapeau & McIntosh, 2015).
Average of 1 person every 12.8 minutes killed themselves and an average of 1 younger person every 1hour and 48 minutes killed themselves in 2014 (Drapeau & McIntosh, 2015).
Suicide is the 2nd ranking cause of death for individuals 15-24 years of age – homicides ranked 3rd (Drapeau & McIntosh, 2015).
It is estimated that each committed suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people (Drapeau & McIntosh, 2015).
1 in 65,000 children age, 10 to 14, commit suicide each year (SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, 2014).
Individuals who have experienced an adverse childhood experience, also known as ACEs, were more likely to have attempted suicide (Choi, Dinitto, Marti, & Segal, 2017). *An ACE might be considered one of the following: psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or physical neglect, witnessing violence, parents’ separation or divorce, etc.
Men who had experienced 4 or more ACEs and women who had experienced 2 or more ACEs had significantly increased risk of attempting suicide at least once (Choi, Dinitto, Marti, & Segal, 2017).
A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9–12 in public and private schools in the United States (U.S.) found that (Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014):
- 16% of students reported seriously considering suicide
- 13% reported creating a plan
- 8% reporting trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey
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