(Sources: NAMI, NIH, AFSP)

STATISTICS

College Suicide Statistics

  • 1.5 out 100-college students has actually attempted suicide

  • In the past 50 years suicide rates for those 15-24 have increased by 200%

  • 12 people aged 15-24 will commit suicide today

  • Suicide by firearms is the most common method used by both men and women

 

Prevalence Of Mental Illness

 

  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year

  • Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities

  • Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life.                       For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%

  • Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness

 

Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC), in 2016:

  • Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 45,000 people

  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the                                      fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54

  • There were more than twice as many suicides (44,965) in the United States as there were homicides (19,362)

  • On average, there are 123 suicides per day