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.


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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