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.

Suicides outnumbered homicides almost three-to-one in 2014.

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