Facts and Statistics

  • Over 33,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year

  • A person dies by suicide about every 16 minutes in the United States.

  • Every 2 hours and 12 minutes a young adult kills him or herself.

  • While approximately 80 Americans take their own lives every day, 1,500 more attempt to do so.

  • The ratio of homicides to suicides in the US is 2:3.

  • About 90% of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable mental health condition.

  • There are four male suicides for every female suicide and yet twice as many females as males attempt suicide.

  • Currently, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States.

  • In Vermont, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth aged 11-23.

  • Rate of suicide deaths per 100,000 nationally: 11.  Rate of suicide deaths per 100,000 in Vermont: 13.

  • Firearms remain the most commonly used suicide method among youth in Vermont accounting for 55% of all suicides.

  • In the past year 22% of Vermont middle school students struggled with severe depression.

  • In the past year 8.5% of high school students attempted suicide.

  • It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 suicides on college campuses per year.

  • One in 12 college students has made a suicide plan.

  • Each suicide death intimately and profoundly affects at least six people.

  • Years of potential life lost to suicide deaths each year: 972,264.

  • Internationally about one million people die by suicide each year, more than war and homicide combined.

From the American Association of Suicidology and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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