23 Suicide Statistics That Will Shock You

One person dies by suicide every 40 seconds in the world. If the suicide rate continues to rise researches predict that number will have increased to one person every 20 seconds in 2020. 

I timed my daily morning routine-shower, brushing teeth, putting on clothes and making coffee which took a total of 45 minutes. According to those statistics 70 people died from suicide somewhere in the world. In less than two years from now it will have doubled to a 140 people. September is suicide prevention month. These are 24 suicide statistics that will shock you.

Increase in Suicide Rates for Youth

Medical professionals have become extremely concerned about the increase of suicide rates of suicide specifically in women ages 10-14.

The suicide rate for girls ages 15-19 doubled from 2007-2015.

Suicide rate for boys ages 15-19 increased by 30% from 2007-2015.

More teens and young adults die by suicide than from medical illnesses.

157,000 youth, ages 10-24, are treated at emergency departments across the United States for suicidal thoughts, attempts and self-inflicted injuries.

1 young adult, ages 15-24, dies by sucide every two hours.

In 2016 there were more than twice as many sucides (44,965) in the US as there were homicides (19,362).

Suicide Rates Global

Globally 800,000 people die by suicide.

Sri Lanka has the highest suicide rate in the world.

United States ranks #38 out of 177 countries for highest suicide rate.

In England and Wales, teen suicide has risen 67% since 2010.

In Australia, there is approximately 65,300 suicide attempts each year.

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.

Suicide Rates in United States

Around 44, 965 Americans die by suicide each year.

Average of 123 suicides per day.

54% of Americans who died by suicide had no known mental health condition.

1,300 Washingtonians died by suicide in 2017.

College Campuses

1,100 suicides occur on college campuses every year.

1 in 12 college students have actually made a plan for suicide.

80-90% of college students who died by suciide were not receiving on campus counseling.

Between the Fall of 2013-2014 (one year) six students died by suicide at the University of Pennsylvania.

Suicide Prevention

These statistics show the impact suicide has on people around the world, which makes it essential that we all get involved. Check out the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention which has many ways for you to get involved. Also take a look at my post 6 Ways to Became A Mental Health Advocate. If you are in need of immediate assistance please reach out to a Suicide Hotline. 


CNN:  Suicides under age 13: One every 5 days

World Population Review: Suicide Rate By Country

World Health Organization-Suicide Data

TIME: More Kids Are Attempting and Thinking About Suicide, According to a New Study 

National Institute of Mental Health-Suicide 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Suicide Statistics 

Lifeline-Statistics on Suicide in Australia

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