Assessing and Preventing SuicidalitySuicide is currently the eighth most common means of death in the U.S., with approximately30,000 documented cases each year. However, there are likely to be far more suicides that go undocumented. For instance, many people plan their suicide to appear like an accident (e.g., drive car off cliff, bridge). There are age, gender, and racial differences in suicidality. Whites and Native Americans are far more likely to attempt suicide than African American or Hispanic people. Additionally, males are 4-5 times more successful at completing suicides even though females attempt suicide 3 times more often than men. This may be due to the fact that men usually have easier access to guns than females. Most likely to commit suicide: white males in their 60’s or older. Why?Adolescents are the fastest-growing group in terms of suicides. Some may be accidental, especially if drugs are involved.
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