Youths and Suicide
Among Kentucky high school students, the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (2011) found:
- 10.9 percent of high school students self-reported having attempted suicide one or more times in the previous 12 months. (National rate = 7.8 percent)
- 4.6 percent of high school students reported having made a suicide attempt in the previous 12 months that resulted in an injury, poisoning, or overdose that had to be treated by a doctor or nurse. (National rate = 2.4 percent)
- 13.7 percent reported having made a plan for a suicide attempt in the previous 12 months. (National rate = 12.8 percent)
- 14.8 percent reported having seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months. (National rate = 15.8 percent)
Adults and Suicide
Adult Statistics on Suicide, from the American Association of Suicidology
- Over 36,900 deaths in U.S. 2009
- On average 90 deaths per day
- Over 750,000 attempts requiring hospitalization
- Current rates for every age group over the age of 25 have increased from 2006
- The rate for 45 to 54 year olds 19.3 highest increase for any age group.
- Males: 80% of suicides
- Suicides now exceed deaths by car crash
Suicide in the Military
Military Statistics on Suicide from suicideoutreach.org
- 154 deaths in first 155 days of 2012.
- 2005-2010 active duty members died by suicide at the rate of one every 36 hours.
- In July 2011 alone – 33 active duty Army and Deployed Reserves took their own life.
- VA estimates that a Veteran dies by suicide every 80 minutes.
- Only 1% of Americans have served in Military, yet Veterans make represent 20% of all suicides.