Facts & Stats

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  • Approximately 1,450 Ohioans die by suicide each year. In other words, four people in Ohio will probably kill themselves today.
  • Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Nearly 25% of high school students seriously contemplate suicide.
  • White males account for more than 75% of Ohio’s suicides
  • 75% of elderly suicide victims visited a physician in the month prior to their death.
  • More teens and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.
  • In the United States, women attempt suicide more often, but men complete the act more often. The higher rate of attempts among women may reflect the higher incidence of mood disorders among females. The higher completion rate among men likely reflects the fact that men typically use more lethal means – firearms – than do women.
  • Firearms are the leading method of suicide in the United States.
  • Suicide is more common among women who are single, recently separated, divorced, or widowed.
  • The suicide rates for women peak between the ages of 45-54 years old, and again after age 75.
  • From 1964 – 1972, we lost 55,000 troops in the Viet Nam War. During those same years, we lost 220,000 people to suicide.

Fact: Many people consider suicide at some point. Most decide not to follow through. But others feel incapable of escaping or fighting through their problems, and see death as a way to stop the pain.

If you experience these feelings, get help.
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  • Can’t stop the pain
  • Can’t think clearly
  • Can’t make decisions
  • Can’t see a way out
  • Can’t sleep, eat or work
  • Can’t make the sadness go away
  • Can’t see a future without pain
  • Can’t see themselves as worthwhile
  • Can’t get someone’s attention
  • Can’t seem to get control