May 21, 2014
By: Michael G.
Conner, Psy.D, Clinical, Medical & Family Psychologist
Suicide takes the
lives of more than 30,000 Americans every year.
Every 18 minutes
another life is lost to suicide.
Every day 80
Americans take their own lives and over 1,900 Americans visit Emergency
Departments for self-inflicted injury (National Hospital Ambulatory
Medical Care Survey, total 706,000).
Suicide is now the
11th leading cause of death in Americans.
For every two
victims of homicide in the U.S. there are three persons who take their own
There are now twice
as many deaths due to suicide as to HIV/AIDS.
Between 1952 and
1995, the incidence of suicide among adolescents and young adults nearly
In the month prior
to their suicide, 75% of elderly persons had visited a physician.
Over half of all
suicides occur in adult men, aged 25-65.
Many who make
suicide attempts never seek professional care after the attempt.
Males are four
times more likely to die from suicide than are females.
More teenagers and
young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth
defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease,