1. Suicide is among the top 10 causes of death in the US.
2. For adolescents and young adults (15- to 34-year-olds), it is the second most common cause of death.
3. Of the 10 top causes of death, death from suicide did NOT decrease over the last many years (from 2005 to 2012) even though it decreased for ALL the other nine.
4. Instead, the suicide rate in the US INCREASED from about 11 per 100,000 people (2005) to about 12.5 per 100,000 (2012).
5. Over 41,000 people died of suicide in the US in 2013.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ten leading causes of injury and death. http://www.cdc.gov/injury/images/lc-charts/leading_causes_of_death_by_age_group_2013-a.gif.
Swanson JW, Bonnie RJ, Appelbaum PS. Getting Serious About Reducing Suicide: More “How” and Less “Why”. JAMA. 2015 Dec 1;314(21):2229-2230. PubMed PMID: 26524461.
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