MSL101_L10_Suicide_Facts_1

MSL101_L10_Suicide_Facts_1 - Youth1 Suicide Fact Sheet In...

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Youth 1 Suicide Fact Sheet In 2007, suicide ranked as the third leading cause of death for young people (ages 15-19 and 15-24); only accidents and homicides occurred more frequently. Whereas suicides accounted for 1.4% of all deaths in the U.S. annually, they comprised 12.2% of all deaths among 15-24-year-olds. In 2007, 34,598 people completed suicide. Of these, 4,140 were completed by people between the ages of 15 and 24. Suicide rates, for 15-24-year-olds, have more than doubled since the 1950’s, and remained largely stable at these higher levels between the late 1970’s and the mid 1990’s. They have declined almost 30% since 1994. In the past 60 years, the suicide rate has quadrupled for males 15 to 24 years old, and has doubled for females of the same age. Suicide rates for those 15-19 years old increased 19% between 1980 and 1994. Since the peak in 1994 with 11.0 suicides per 100,000, there has been a 34% decrease. In 2004, the rate was 8.2 per 100,000. Males between the ages of 20 and 24 were 5.32 times more likely than females to complete suicide. Males between 15 and 19 were 4.46 times more likely than females to complete suicide (2007 data). For every completed suicide by youth, it is estimated that 100 to 200 attempts are made. Based on the 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS), 8.5% of students in grades 9 through 12 ____________________ “Youth” refers to ages 15-24. Information presented refers to the latest available national data (2007). Males Females Both genders Ages 15 to 19 11.11 2.49 6.91 Ages 20 to 24 20.91 3.93 12.68 Each year, there are approximately 10 youth suicides for every 100,000 youth. Each day, there are approximately 11.3 youth suicides. Every 2 hours and 7 minutes, a person under the age of 25 completes suicide.
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reported making an attempt at suicide in the previous 12 months (11.5% female and 5.4% male). These percentages decreased from grades 9 (10.1%) to 12 (6.1%). A prior suicide attempt is an important risk factor for an eventual completion. In fact, according to the YRBSS, 16.9% of students seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months and 16.5% of students made plans for an attempt (2003).
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