Suicidality: Nomenclature

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Each year since 2001, over 30,000 people have died by suicide in the United States. At least 650,000 persons each year receive emergency treatment after attempting suicide. Over a million die by suicide worldwide. Suicide, the taking of one's own life, is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide and 11th in the United States.

In the United States, suicide kills nearly twice as many people each year as homicide. Although suicide is an individual act that occurs in what can appear to be unique circumstances, examining patterns of suicide deaths indicates many risk and protective factors at different levels-demographic, community, familial, and individual. Demographically, suicide completion and attempt patterns vary by age, gender, race-ethnicity, occupation, geography, income, and other factors.


Color advocate; Color network; Demography; Domestic violence; Eliminate violence; Family violence; Group of women of color; Minority women; Nationwide group; Nationwide group of women; Project of the Pennsylvania coalition; Suicidal behavior; Suicide; Suicide--Psychological aspects; Suicide--Sociological aspects; Suicide victims; Suicide victims--Family relationships; Women; Women of color advocate; Women of color network


Demography, Population, and Ecology | Inequality and Stratification | Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Race and Ethnicity | Women's Health


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