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Data - Suicide

Suicides have become the second-leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, surpassing homicide deaths, which dropped to third on the list.
Suicide data chart

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among students in grades 9-12 during 2013:

  • 17.0% of students seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months (22.4% of females and 11.6% of males).
  • 13.6% of students made a plan about how they would attempt suicide in the previous 12 months (16.9% of females and 10.3% of males).
  • 8.0% of students attempted suicide one or more times in the previous 12 months (10.6% of females and 5.4% of males).
  • 2.7% of students made a suicide attempt that resulted in an injury, poisoning, or an overdose that required medical attention (3.6% of females and 1.8% of males).
Additional facts about suicide in the United States:
  • The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.26 per 100,000 individuals.
  • Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women.
  • On average, there are 121 suicides per day.
  • White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2015.
  • Firearms account for almost 50% of all suicides.
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle age--white men in particular.