Suicide Facts

Did You Know?

  • A person dies by suicide every 12.3 minutes in the U.S. (AFSP)
  • Over 40,000 people in the U.S. die by suicide each year.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds. (*2013 CDC WISQARS)
  • 1 out of 5 high school students will consider suicide.
  • 1 out of 12 college students has a suicide plan.
  • More children and young adults die from suicide every year than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke and chronic lung disease combined.
  • Nearly 1,000,000 people make a suicide attempt every year.
  • For every youth suicide 100-200 make an attempt.
  • Males are four times more likely to die from suicide than females.
  • Females attempt suicide 3x more than males.
  • In 2003 one out of sixty-five Americans lost someone to suicide.
  • Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12.
  • More people die from suicide than from homicide.
  • 1 out of 4 people diagnosed with bi-polar disorder will attempts suicide.
  • 90% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
  • Veterans comprise 22.2% of suicides.
  • Attempts are 2 – 6x more frequent among youth who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, than among heterosexual youth.
  • 8% of high school students reported having attempted suicide one or more times in the last year.
"With Hope is a nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention through improving mental health support services and education in our schools and throughout our community."
Disclaimer: The diagnosis and treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders requires a trained medical professional. Information contained in this website reflects the opinions of With Hope Foundation, and is intended for educational purposes only. It should NOT be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment of any mental/psychiatric disorders. Please consult a medical professional if the information here leads you to believe you or someone you know may be depressed.