Suicide Facts

  • Formal Definition: Death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with any intent to die as a result of the behavior (CDC)
  • Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans.  An estimated 32,000 people take their own lives each year.  Even more people attempt suicide (CDC, Veto Violence)
  • There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides (CDC)
  • Suicide occurs along a continuum that includes:
    • Suicidal ideation: thinking about, considering or planning to end one’s life
    • Suicide attempt: non-fatal suicidal attempt
    • Suicide: ending one’s life
  • Suicide is a preventable public health problem (WHO)