1. Suicide is among the top 10 causes of death in the US (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020).
2. For adolescents and young adults (10- to 34-year-olds), it is the second most common cause of death (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020).
3. Of the top 10 causes of death, deaths by suicide have not decreased over the last ten years even though deaths from all the other nine have decreased.
4. Instead, the suicide rate in the US has INCREASED 33% since 1999 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
5. Over 47,500 people died by suicide in the US in 2019, up from about 41,000 in 2013.
Over 47,500 deaths by suicide each year in the USA. What do you think needs to be done?
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Last updated September 2021
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