Facts about Teen Suicide
In the United States
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death of young people between the ages of 15 and 24.
- 5,000 young people complete suicide in the U.S. each year.
- Each year, there are approximately 10 youth suicides for every 100,000 youth.
- Each day, there are approximately 12 youth suicides.
- Every 2 hours and 11 minutes, a person under the age of 25 completes suicide.
- 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.
- For every completed suicide by youth, it is estimated that 100 to 200 attempts are made.
- Firearms remain the most commonly used suicide method among youth, accounting for 49% of all completed suicides.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15 to 19 year olds.
- Almost as many teens die by suicide as those who die from all natural causes combined.
- From 1999 to 2004, a total of 13,257 suicide attempts made in the state of Texas resulted in death. 2,100 of these deaths were children and young adults from 10 to 24 years of age.
- For Texas high school students within a 12-month period:
- 16% think seriously about suicide
- 9% attempt suicide
- 3% make a suicide attempt that requires medical attention