Worldwide, more people die from suicide than from all homicides and wars combined

June 27, 2017

WORLDWIDE:
"Every year, almost one million people die from suicide"
"Public health action for the prevention of suicide". World Health Organization. 2012.

 

"In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide."
Dennis Ougrin et al. "Suicide survey in a London borough: primary care and public health perspectives". Journal of Public Health. (2011) 33(3): 385-39.

 

"Self-harm and suicide are major public health problems in adolescents, with rates of self-harm being high in the teenage years and suicide being the second most common cause of death in young people worldwide."
Keith Hawton et al. "Self-ham and suicide in adolescents".The Lancet. 23 June 2012 ( Vol. 379, Issue 9834, Pages 2373-2382).

 

"Suicide is a leading cause of death for young adults. It is among the top three causes of death in the population aged 15–34 years."
"The world health report: 2001." World Health Organization. 2001, 38.

 

"Worldwide, more people die from suicide than from all homicides and wars combined."
"Suicide huge but preventable public health problem, says WHO". World Health Organization Media Centre. 2004. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2004/pr61/en/

 

UNITED STATES:
" More than 38,000 people committed suicide in the United States in 2010 — a 16.5 percent jump from the 32,600 suicides five years before, and a new high. The stakes involved in figuring out the dynamics of self-murder seem only to rise with time." David Dobbs, "Clues in the Cycle of Suicide, The New York Times, June 24, 2013. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/24/clues-in-the-cycle-of-suicide/


"the [U.S] suicide rate was 15% higher in 2009 than in 2000".
SOURCE: Ian R. H. Rockett et al. “Leading Causes of Unintentional and Intentional Injury Mortality: United States, 2000–2009.” American Journal of Public Health. 2012.

 

Also:"The rate [of suicide] had been increasing by an average of 0.12 deaths per 100,000 people from 1999 through 2007. In 2008, the rate began increasing by an average of 0.51 deaths per 100,000 people a year. Without the increase in the rate, the total deaths from suicide each year in the United States would have been lower by about 1,500, the study said.
...Every rise of 1 percent in unemployment was accompanied by an increase in the suicide rate of roughly 1 percent, it found. A similar correlation has been found in some European countries since the recession."
SOURCE: Increase Seen in U.S. Suicide Rate Since Recession, BENEDICT CAREY
Published: November 4, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/health/us-suicide-rate-rose-during-rec...

 

"Nearly 20,000 of the 30,000 deaths from guns in the United States in 2010 were suicides, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national suicide rate has climbed by 12 percent since 2003, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death for teenagers."
Source: Sabrina Tavernise, "To Reduce Suicide Rates, New Focus Turns to Guns," The New York Times, February 13, 2013, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/us/to-lower-suicide-rates-new-focus-tu...

 

"Public health action for the prevention of suicide," World Health Organization, 2012. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/75166/1/9789241503570_eng.pdf

 

Dennis Ougrin, Reetoo Banarsee, Valentine Dunn-Toroosian, and Azeem Majeed, "Suicide survey in a London borough: primary care and public health perspectives," Journal of Public Health. (2011) 33(3): 385-39.http://intl-jpubhealth.oxfordjournals.org/content/33/3/385.full.pdf+html1

 

Keith Hawton, Kate EA Saunders, Rory C O'Connor, "Self-ham and suicide in adolescents," The Lancet, June 23, 2012 ( Vol. 379, Issue 9834, Pages 2373-2382 )
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960...

 

Ian R. H. Rockett, Michael D. Regier, Nestor D. Kapusta, Jeffrey H. Coben, Ted R. Miller, Randy L. Hanzlick, et al. “Leading Causes of Unintentional and Intentional Injury Mortality: United States, 2000–2009,” American Journal of Public Health. 2012.

 

"The world health report: 2001." World Health Organization. 2001, 38. http://www.who.int/whr/2001/en/whr01_en.pdf

 

"Suicide huge but preventable public health problem, says WHO". World Health Organization Media Centre. 2004. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2004/pr61/en/

 

Sabrina Tavernise, "To Reduce Suicide Rates, New Focus Turns to Guns," The New York Times, Feb. 13, 2013, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/us/to-lower-suicide-rates-new-focus-tu...

 

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