Suicide: The Facts

Suicide: “Someone taking their own life because they feel like they can’t handle their circumstances anymore.” – Daniel 20

“In the past 25 years the rate of suicide for young people (ages 15-24) has tripled, while the rate of suicide in the general population has actually decreased (Focus Adolescent Services). It is alarming that suicide is the third leading cause of death and represents 12.3% of all deaths in this age group” (American Association of Suicidology, Youth Suicide Fact Sheet, p. 1). Also disturbing is the fact that for every completed suicide there are as many as 8-25 attempts. (National Institute of Mental Health, Suicide Facts and Statistics, p. 1).

One possible reason for the growing rate of suicide in young people might be due to an increase of access to guns. Regardless of race or gender, firearms remain the most common method of suicide (American Association of Suicidology, Youth Suicide Fact Sheet, p. 1).

Because so many of the people who attempt suicide have major depression, the signs that someone is thinking about attempting suicide can be the same as the signs for depression (American Association of Suicidology, Youth Fact Sheet, p. 3). It is important to remember though that just because someone has some of the warning signs of suicide does not necessarily mean they are thinking of attempting suicide.