Suicide is a major public health issue.

In 2016, 44,965 people died by suicide – making suicide the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. (CDC). In 2016, 9.8 million US adults aged 18 or older thought seriously about attempting suicide, including the 2.8 million who made suicide plans and 1.3 million who made non-fatal attempts (SAMHSA).

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WASHINGTON STATISTIC*

78% OF FIREARM DEATHS ARE SUICIDES

*2005-2015

U.S. SUICIDE STATISTICS

44,965

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LIVES LOST YEARLY TO SUICIDE

15 - 24

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YEAR OLDS, SUICIDE IS SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH

20

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VETERANS DIE DAILY BY SUICIDE

50%

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OF SUICIDES INVOLVE FIREARMS

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Suicide Trends in Washington State

In 2016, 1,131 residents died by suicide, making it the eighth leading cause of death overall in Washington state. At nearly 15.7 deaths per 100,000 people, this is higher than the annual age-adjusted suicide rate of 13.0 per 100,000 individuals.  (American Association of Suicidology).

According to multiple sources, Washington state has higher rates of suicide than the national average. Washington state ranks 25th is suicide rates in the U.S.