Suicide Stats

  December 2nd, 2017 by eternaldarkness

– Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US
– For every 1 successful suicide, there’s 25 unsuccessful attempts
– The rate of suicide is highest in middle age*
– In 2015, the highest suicide rate (19.6) was among adults between 45 and 64 years of age. The second highest rate (19.4) occurred in those 85 years or older.
– Younger groups have had consistently lower suicide rates than middle-aged and older adults. In 2015, adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 had a suicide rate of 12.5.
– There is a common perception that suicide rates are highest among the young. However, it is the elderly, particularly that have the highest rates. And among 65 and older, risk goes up with age. 85 and older have a suicide rate that is six times that of the overall national rate.
– The ratio of suicide attempts to suicide death in youth is estimated to be about 25:1, compared to about 4:1 in the elderly.

So when older people attempt, they are more serious and successful at it
So what happened to those 65-84? Is that the 3rd highest rate then?

I didn’t know “middle age” is defined as 45-64. So someone who is in their 60s is middle age? I don’t know, I’ve met people in their 60s, darn near retirement, who don’t think they’re middle age at all. What about those in their 30s? or mid 40s? I always thought that was middle age.

So how come everyone talks about teen suicide and no one ever talks about middle-age or elder suicide?

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