- 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.