Suicide Statistics — AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) – Apr 2019
While this data is the most accurate we have, we estimate the numbers to be higher. Stigma surrounding suicide leads to underreporting, and data collection methods critical to suicide prevention need to be improved.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US
- In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide
- In 2017, there were an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts
- In 2015, suicide and self-injury cost the US $69 Billion
It’s a strange coincidence that almost the same number of people died from all drug overdoses as from suicide – especially since it is suspected that some overdosed intentionally and would count in both tallies.
Additional Facts About Suicide in the US
- The age-adjusted suicide rate in 2017 was 14.0 per 100,000 individuals.
- The rate of suicide is highest in middle-age white men in particular.
- In 2017, men died by suicide 3.54x more often than women.
- On average, there are 129 suicides per day.
- White males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2017.
- In 2017, firearms accounted for 50.57% of all suicide deaths.
The article has informative graphs illustrating various aspects of all these suicides:
- Suicide Rates by Age
- Suicide Rates by Race/Ethnicity
- Suicide Methods
In the U.S., no complete count of suicide attempt data are available.
This is outrageous. It’s inexcusable that the CDC is not collecting more data on the 10th leading cause of death.
The CDC gathers data from hospitals on non-fatal injuries from self-harm as well as survey data.
So, if the data is gathered, where is it?
We can see all the data, available in many charts and tables, about opioid overdoses (even though it contradicts the story about Rx opioids being the problem), yet we can’t see enough data on suicides to formulate any helpful interventions.
They are so concerned about any data showing negative effects from opioids but remain stubbornly silent about all the other problems in the “public health” domain.
In 2015, (the most recent year for which data are available), approximately 575,000 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm.
Based on the 2017 National Survey of Drug Use and Mental Health it is estimated that
- 0.6 percent of the adults aged 18 or older made at least one suicide attempt.This translates to approximately 1.4 million adults.
- Adult females reported a suicide attempt 1.4 times as often as males. Further breakdown by gender and race are not available.
- Based on the 2017 Youth Risk Behaviors Survey, 7.4 percent of youth in grades 9-12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months.
- Female students attempted almost twice as often as male students (9.3% vs. 5.1%).
- Black students reported the highest rate of attempt (9.8%) with white students at 6.1 percent.
- Approximately 2.4 percent of all students reported making a suicide attempt that required treatment by a doctor or nurse. For those requiring treatment, rates were highest for Black students (3.4%).
AFSP’s latest data on suicide are taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report for 2017. Suicide rates listed are Age-Adjusted Rates.