Suicide statistics and facts
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. (AFSP)
44,965 Americans die by suicide each year. (AFSP)
Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. (WHO)
On average, there are 123 suicides per day. (AFSP)
- 40% of persons who complete suicide have made a previous attempt. Nine of out ten people who attempt suicide and survive, do not go on to complete suicide at a later date. (MHA)
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally (WHO)
CDC researchers studied suicide rates from 1999-2016 and generated the graph below depicting state-specific suicide percentages. The research showed a nearly 30 percent increase in the United States. All but 1 state had an increase (Nevada had a 1% decrease). Georgia experienced a 16.2 percent increase.