Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the US, nearly 31,000 deaths in 1996.
Suicide accounts for 50% more deaths than murder.
530,000 suicide attempts per year in the US.
Suicide rate up 14% among 15-24 year olds (third leading cause of death in this age group).
Suicide are among blacks doubled between 1980 and 1996.
Suicide rate for Native Americans is 50% higher than the national rate.
White men over 84 are the most likely to commit suicide.
Firearms cause most suicide deaths: 59% overall, and responsible for 96% of the suicides in the 15-24 year old age group.
Percentage of suicide deaths by age group:
a) 5-19 = 7%
b) 20-34 = 27%
c) 35-49 = 31%
d) 50-64 = 16%
e) over 64 = 19%
(sources: U.S. Public Health Service, National Center for Health Statistics, Office of the Surgeon General)