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

  • 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.


Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc.
Owensboro, Kentucky

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