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Facts About Suicide

  • Suicide is Preventable.
  • Believed to be 2nd leading cause of death for college students (due to the lower rate of homicide in college population)
  • Nearly 80% of college students who die by suicide never participate in counseling services
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students.
  • Nearly 1,100 suicides are projected to occur on college campuses this year.
  • 18-24 year-olds think about suicide more often than any other age group.
  • One in twelve U.S. college students has made a suicide plan.
  • The National College Health Risk Behavior Study found that 11.4% of students seriously consider attempting suicide.
  • In 1998, suicide killed more young adults than AIDS, cancer, heart disease, pneumonia, birth defects, stroke, influenza and chronic lung disease combined.
  • The suicide rate for 15–24 year-olds increased by over 200% in the last 50 years.
  • Third leading cause of death for youth between 15 and 24 following accidental injury and homicide
  • About 12 young people aged 15-24 will commit suicide today.
  • One person under the age of 25 commits suicide within every 2 hours and 2 1/2 minutes.
Last Updated: 1/7/21