Suicide Prevention Week


Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 12.8 minutes.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds.

The elderly make up 14.1% of the population, but comprise 17.5% of all suicides.

Approximately 1,028,725 Americans attempt suicide each year.

It is estimated that five million living Americans have attempted to kill themselves.

Every year in the United States, more than 21,100 men and women kill themselves with a gun; two thirds more than the number who use a gun to kill another person.

An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one. 

The American Association of Suicidology started suicide prevention week with the goal to portray that by working together through awareness, promotion and education, we can reduce the incidence of suicides and prevent individuals from becoming suicidal.  Suicide Prevention Week for 2015 is set for September 7th through 13th. This year’s theme is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.” 

Source:
www.suicidology.org