Interesting Statistics on Suicide Statistics

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Suicide is exasperated by social isolation, child abuse, hopelessness and sustained depression. Suicide can be considered an only option for those feeling deeply alone or ashamed.

In the US, a suicide occurs every 20 minutes.

Over 30,000 US residents commit suicide each year, and over 130,000 are hospitalized following a suicide attempt. For women, suicide attempts are 3 times as common.

  • Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death for all Americans.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for children 10-14, and adolescents 15-24.
  • Suicide was the second leading killer in the college population, in 1998.
  • 11.4% of college students seriously considered suicide, within the last 12 months.
  • The suicide rate for adolescents has tripled since 1958—and younger children are killing themselves.

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Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore, PhD, is Founder and Chair at Thriveworks — a counseling practice focused on premium client care, with 340+ locations across the US. Anthony is a Private Practice Consultant for the American Counseling Association, columnist for Counseling Today magazine, and author of "How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice". He is a multistate Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been quoted in national media sources including The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and CBS Sunday Morning.

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