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  1. Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year.
  2. In the U.S., suicide rates are highest during the spring.
  3. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds.
  4. On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes.
  5. Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people.

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  1. About 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths. Depression that is untreated, undiagnosed, or ineffectively treated is the number 1 cause of suicide.
  2. There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.
  3. Males make up 79% of all suicides, while women are more prone to having suicidal thoughts.
  4. 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.
  5. There are 2 times as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.
  6. Over 50% of all suicides are completed with a firearm.

Sources

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    SAVE. "Suicide Facts." Suicide Awarness Voices of Education. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.save.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=705D5DF4-055B-F1EC-3F66462866FCB4E6.

  • 2

    Gray, Deborah. "Why Suicide Rates Increase in the Spring." Health Central. Accessed February 26, 2014, http://www.healthcentral.com/depression/c/18/22771/rates-spring/.

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    USA.Gov. "Suicide Facts at a Glance." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/Suicide_DataSheet-a.pdf.

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    SAVE. "Suicide Facts." Suicide Awarness Voices of Education. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.save.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=705D5DF4-055B-F1EC-3F66462866FCB4E6.

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    McIntosh, Ph.D., John L., and Christopher W. Drapeau, M.A.. "U.S.A. SUICIDE: 2010 OFFICIAL FINAL DATA." American Association of Suicidology. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.suicidology.org/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=262&name=DLFE-636.pdf.

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    University Behavioral HealthCare. "Facts about Suicide and Mental Disorders in Adolescents." Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://ubhc.rutgers.edu/brti/tlc/suicideAwareness/Facts%20About%20Suicide%20and%20Mental%20Disorders%20in%20Adolescents.pdf.

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    USA.Gov. "Suicide Facts at a Glance." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/Suicide_DataSheet-a.pdf.

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    Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Office, NSW Department of Health. "NSW Suicide Prevention Strategy 2010–2015." New South Wales Ministry of Health. Accessed February 14, 1925, http://www0.health.nsw.gov.au/pubs/2010/pdf/suicide_ps.pdf.

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    SAVE. "Suicide Facts." Suicide Awarness Voices of Education. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.save.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=705D5DF4-055B-F1EC-3F66462866FCB4E6.

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    SAVE. "Suicide Facts." Suicide Awarness Voices of Education. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.save.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=705D5DF4-055B-F1EC-3F66462866FCB4E6.

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    National Institutes of Health. "Suicide in the U.S.: Statistics and Prevention." NIMH. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.nimh.ni11h.gov/health/publications/suicide-in-the-us-statistics-and-prevention/index.shtml.

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