What is the rate of suicidal occurrence in the US?

Updated: Aug 29, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Suicide represents the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults (15–24 years old). In 2016, there were 44,965 suicides in the United States. [1]

Several suicide-related demographic factors often occur in the same person. For example, if a male police officer with major depression and a significant problem with alcohol commits suicide using his service revolver (which, unfortunately, happens not infrequently), five risk factors are involved: sex, occupation, depression, alcohol, and gun availability.

In the United States, certain states have higher suicide rates than others, as illustrated by the map below. The Western states have the highest suicide rates, with the exception of Vermont. In addition, living in rural areas carries a higher risk of suicide than living in urban areas. [94]

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