Suicide Statistics Continue To Rise

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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