The Facts

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in Canada and third leading cause of death in the US.
  • Suicide and attempted suicide has increased 300% in the last 30 years
  • Teen/Youth suicide rates have tripled since 1970
  • Nine out of ten suicides take place in the home.
  • For every completed suicide there are an estimated 30 to 50 attempts.
  • 70% of suicides occur between the hours of 3 p.m. to midnight (when they could be saved).
  • Males complete suicide 4 times more often than females.
  • Females account for 75% of the attempted suicides (mainly with drug overdoses).
  • Approximately one-third of teens who die by suicide have made a previous suicide attempt.
  • Males use more violent means, e.g. guns, hanging.
  • Only 33 to 50 % were identified by their doctors as having a mental illness at the time of their death and only 15 percent of suicide victims were in treatment at the time of their death.
  • Spring and fall are the months of highest risk.
  • An estimated 80% of all those who commit suicide give some warning of their intentions or mention their feelings to a friend or family member.
  • For every two homicides in the U.S. there are three suicides.
  • Having a firearm in the home greatly increases the risk of youth suicide. Sixty-four percent of suicide victims 10-24 years old use a firearm to complete the act.
  • Due to the stigma associated with suicide, available statistics may well underestimate the problem.

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