Suicide knows no boundaries. It can affect any age group, ethnicity or race. It has nothing to do with your income or education. Suicide can become a tragedy for anyone.
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death among all Americans and the third leading cause of death among young (15-24) Americans. In 2012 (the latest year for which national statistics are available) there were 110.9 suicides per day or one suicide every 13.0 minutes. The 2013 suicide rate in Alabama was 14.9 per 100,000, which is higher than the most recent U.S. rate of 12.9 per 100,000 (2012).
Suicide in Alabama
Fact #1 - The suicide rate 14.9 is much higher than the homicide rate (7.1), both in Alabama and in the U.S. as a whole.
Fact #2 - In Alabama, 84 youth suicides occurred in 2012, and more than 80% were males of all races.
Fact #3 - The suicide rate increases during hard economic times. The highest suicide rates ever recorded during the Great Depression. During the current economic crisis, rates have increased an average of 0.51 deaths per 100,000 people per year. Without the increase in the rate, the total deaths from suicide each year in the U.S. would have been lower by nearly 1,500.
Fact #4 - The most common and most lethal method of suicide is by using firearms. The most recent U.S. data (2012) showed that 50.9% of suicides used firearms. During 2012 in Alabama 68% of suicides used guns. The use of a gun almost always guarantees a fatal outcome.
Alabama Suicide Fact Sheet provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health
Suicide Death Rates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
View Suicide Mortality on the Alabama Center for Health Statistics Website for the following reports:
- Suicide Death Rates by Race Alabama, 1960-Current (Line Graph)
- Suicide Deaths with Death Rates by Race and Total United States Rates, Alabama, 1960-Current
- Suicide Deaths and Death Rates by Age Group, Race, and Sex, Alabama
Also See Archived Reports and Tables.
Why Do People Become Suicidal?
Feeling suicidal can result from a variety of risk factors and personal conditions that combine to make a person feel hopeless and believe that it is impossible to change the situation. Help is available. Most people who attempt suicide but do not complete suicide are grateful that they did not die.
Major risk factors for suicidal behaviors include, but are not limited to:
- A history of depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental illness diagnoses
- A serious personal loss or number of losses and defeats taken personally
- Low self-esteem and self-loathing
- Social isolation
- Believing there is no hope for feeling better
- Chronic alcohol or other drug use
- Easy access to the means for dying, such as guns
Usually suicide is the result of a combination of these factors. Help is available, and you do not have to suffer emotional or psychological pain alone. Many people feel so despondent and hopeless that they believe the only thing that will end the pain is suicide. Yes, suicide is a permanent solution to what are often temporary problems. Please ask for help now.