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Suicide and crisis line statistics
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An average of one person every 18 minutes dies by suicide.
 

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Males complete suicide 4.1 times more often than females.
 

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An estimated 730,000 suicide attempts are made in the United States each year.
 

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An estimated five million living Americans have attempted suicide.
 

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Females attempt suicide 3.0 times more often than males.
 

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Most suicidal people communicate their intent to kill themselves before they attempt to do so.
 

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Each suicide intimately affects at least six other people. Based on the number of suicides since 1970, the number of survivors of suicide in the United States is estimated at 4.4 million. The number grows 175,000 each year.
 

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Suicide among young people has nearly tripled since the 1950's. Today it is the third leading cause of death among teens, behind accidents and homicide.
 

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Suicidal behavior is not inherited, but the risk may be higher for family members who have lost a close relative or loved one to suicide.
 

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White males have the highest suicide rate throughout all age groups; minority females have the lowest.
 

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Among the states in 2002, Texas ranked 37th in total number of completed suicides.
 

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Contrary to popular belief, the suicide rate does not increase during the December holidays. The highest average number of suicides per day is during the summer months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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