Suicide ranks as the eleventh leading cause of death in the United States. We have lost loved ones across the generations.
- Older Americans are disproportionately likely to die by suicide. Although they comprise only 12 percent of the U.S. population, people age 65 and older accounted for 16 percent of suicide deaths in 2004.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college students and the third leading cause of death in adolescents. Every day 14 teens take their own lives.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the second year in a row, middle -aged adults have the highest suicide rate in the country, surpassing even older Americans.
While there are many factors that contribute to suicide, an important new study identifies two factors that have been associated with increased risk for suicidal thought and behavior across the lifespan – hopelessness and lack of connectedness to others.