Suicide Facts

  • Suicide was the eighth leading cause of death for males and the 19th leading cause of death for females in 2000- the total number of suicides was 29,350.
    • Suicides outnumbered homicides by 5 to 3
    • Suicide by firearms was the most common method for both men and women, accounting for 57% of all suicides in 2000.

  • More men than women die by suicide.
    • The gender ratio is 4:1
    • 73% of all suicides are committed by white men
    • 80%of all firearm suicides are committed by white men

  • In 2000, suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death among young people 15 to 24 years of age, following unintentional injuries and homicides.


  • In 2000, the suicide rate among children ages 10-14 was 1.5/100,000.


  • In 2000, the suicide rate among adolescents age 15-19 was 8.2/100,000, with 5 times as many deaths among men as among women.


  • In 2000, the suicide rate for young people ages 20 to 24was 12.8/100,000, with 7 times as many deaths among men as among women.


  • For every completed suicide there are 8-25 suicide attempts.
    • More women than men report a history of attempted suicide with a gender ratio of 2:1
    • The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, alcohol or other drug use, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.

* Information taken from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website.