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).
78% OF FIREARM DEATHS ARE SUICIDES
U.S. SUICIDE STATISTICS
LIVES LOST YEARLY TO SUICIDE
15 - 24
YEAR OLDS, SUICIDE IS SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH
VETERANS DIE DAILY BY SUICIDE
OF SUICIDES INVOLVE FIREARMS
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.