Suicide Statistics


  • In 2011, there were 588 confirmed suicide deaths in Massachusetts. 

  • Most suicide deaths occurred among individuals ages 45-54.

  • Men die by suicide 3 times more often than women. 

  • Females attempted suicide more often than males. 

  • Most suicide deaths occur by suffocation.


United States

  • There were about 39,518 reported sui­cide deaths in 2011. 

  • One per­son dies by sui­cide every 13 min­utes in the U.S.

  • It is esti­mated that nearly 1,000,000 peo­ple attempt sui­cide every year in the U.S.

  • Guns are the lead­ing means of sui­cide death in the U.S. 

  • Men die by sui­cide 4 times more often than women.

  • Women attempt sui­cide 3 times more often than men.

  • Sui­cide is the 2nd lead­ing cause of death for youth ages 15–24.

  • In Mass.,  peo­ple die by sui­cide nearly 3 times more often than by homicide.

  • For every sui­cide death, it is esti­mated that there are at least 6 survivors.

  • Based on 2011 U. S. data, mid­dle aged peo­ple (45–54) have the high­est rate of sui­cide (19.8).



Suicide Facts

  • Talking about suicide WILL NOT put the idea into someone’s mind. The truth is most people will be relieved that someone has noticed their pain and are willing to help.

  • People who die by suicide generally DO warn others. Knowing the risk factors and warning signs and talking with the person is a major factor in preventing suicide.

  • People who talk about suicide MAY be trying to get attention in order to get help. They should be taken seriously. It may be the only way they know how to ask for help.

  • If a person attempts suicide, it IS likely they will try again.

  • Once a person’s emotional state improves, the risk of suicide IS NOT necessarily over. It may mean that they have made the decision to die by suicide and are feeling relieved at their decision.

  • Most people who think about suicide ARE AMBIVALENT right up until the end. Most people don’t want to die; they want the pain to stop.

  • Suicides are generally preventable. There are effective treatments for mental health and substance abuse problems.

  • Most suicides occur during the SPRING months, not the holidays.

  • About 20% of all suicide deaths are veterans.

  • Suicide is the 1oth leading cause of death in the U.S.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24.