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Statistics

  • Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.
  • On average one person dies by suicide every 15 minutes.
  • In Wisconsin, suicide takes the life of one person per week.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death between those ages 10-24 year old. *Between 1952 and 1995, suicide in young adults nearly tripled.
  • A veteran dies by suicide every 80 minutes.
  • Veterans account for one of every five suicides in Wisconsin
  • One out of every four suicide victims had a history of attempts
  • The suicide rate in Wisconsin remained relatively constant form 2001-2006, with an average of 650 suicides per year.
  • In 2012, the Surgeon General of the United States declared the leading cause of death among 13-24 year-olds to be suicide.
  • Suicide has surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States, according to a study published in November, 2012 by the American Journal of Public Health.
  • Almost 4 times as many males as females die by suicide. -- National Institute for Mental Health
  • In 2010, there were 38,364 suicide deaths reported in the U.S. -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Every 13.7 minutes someone in the U.S. dies by suicide. -- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Nearly 1 million people make a suicide attempt every year -- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • 90% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. -- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Women attempt suicide 3 times as often as men. -- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide rates are highest for people between the ages of 40 and 59. -- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Native Americans are most likely to die by suicide, followed by white individuals. -- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression. -- SAVE
  • 80% of people who seek treatment for depression are treated successfully. -- SAVE

Suicidal Warning Signs

A suicidal person urgently needs to see a doctor or mental health professional.

If you or someone you know are in crisis and need immediate help, call 911 immediately.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, every day.
You may call for yourself or someone you care about, and all calls are confidential.

More Suicide Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/suicide/statistics/aag.html#A