Who is Most Affected by Suicide?

Suicide hurts all of us—parents, children, siblings, friends, lovers and spouses. The loss for society is psychological, spiritual, and financial. Understanding suicide requires looking at all of the factors that underlie this complex and intensely emotional issue and applying logic and reason, even in the face of sadness and despair.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fourth leading cause for males under 65.1 For each death, about 45 people attempt and survive.Those who die are more likely to be male, older, and to use more lethal methods.

Download: Slides on Epidemiology of Suicide in the U.S.

Download: Slides on Trends in Rates and Methods of Suicide, U.S. 1985-2004


Suicide and Homicide graph
Suicides by Age

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). (Leading Cause of Death data from 2010.)