Suicide Prevention Week for 2017 is set for September 10th through 16th. North Carolina ranks 35th in the nation in its rate of suicide deaths. New Hanover County, NC ranks 37th in the state in its rate of suicide deaths. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 11.9 minutes. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds. The elderly make-up 14.5% of the population, but comprise 16.6% of all suicides. Approximately 1,104,825 Americans attempt suicide each year. It is estimated that 5.1 million living Americans have attempted to kill themselves. Every year in the United States, more than 22,018 men and women kill themselves with a gun; two-thirds more than the number who use a gun to kill another person. An estimated 6.5 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
American Association of Suidcidology- www.suicidology.org
North Carolina Substance Use Prevention Planning Outcomes, Risks, and Trends