Facts and Statistics


Facts and Statistics

Every day, 1,900 adults attempt suicide, and 84 are successful.
[4/9/99 – Center for Disease Control (www.save.org)]

Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States of America. In 1995, more people died from suicide (31,284) than homicide (22,552).
[10/21/99 – ABC News]

91% of all suicides are Caucasian.
[4/9/99 – Center for Disease Control (www.save.org)]

Females are more likely to attempt suicide; however, males are four times more likely to actually die this way.
[4/9/99 – Center for Disease Control (www.save.org)]

Gun owners, or people living with guns in the home, are five times more likely to commit suicide than people who live in gun-free homes.
[4/9/99 – Center for Disease Control (www.save.org)]

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds and sixth for 5- to 14- year-olds.
[11/5/96 – American Academy of Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry]

Moving, parents’ divorce or remarriage can increase the risks for suicide in young people.
[11/5/96 – American Academy of Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry]

Suicide rates generally increase with age, and most suicides are 65 or older.
[2/28/97 – Suicide Among Older People]

Among the elderly, suicide rates are highest for those who are divorced or widowed. Older persons also have a higher risk of alcohol abuse, depression, and social isolation, which all contribute to suicidal feelings.
[4/9/99 – Center for Disease Control (www.save.org)]

Requests for physician-assisted suicide are most often made by patients with terminal and debilitating diseases, who fear a loss of control or feel they are becoming a burden to their family.
[3/27/99 – JAMA]

On November 8, 1994, Oregon citizens voted to legalize doctor-assisted suicide.

26% of doctors say that they have been asked to help hasten a patient’s death.
[3/27/99 – JAMA]


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