Suicide and Suicide Attempts Take an Enormous Toll on Society
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans.
More than 40,000 people died by suicide in 2012
More than 1 million people reported making a suicide attempt in the past year.
More than 2 million adults reported thinking about suicide in the past year.
Most people who engage in suicidal behavior never seek mental health services.
Costs to Society
Suicide costs society approximately $34.6 billion a year in combined medical and work loss costs.
The average suicide costs $1,061,170. (CDC cost estimates based on 2005 data. Refers to people age 10 and over.)
A survivor of suicide is a family member or friend of a person who died by suicide.
Surviving the loss of loved one to suicide is a risk factor for suicide. (Brent, 2010; Brent et. al., 2006)
Surviving family members and close friends are deeply impacted by each suicide, and experience a range of complex grief reactions including, guilt, anger, abandonment, denial, helplessness, and shock (Jordon, 2001; American Association of Suicidology).
No exact figure exists, but it is estimated that a median of between 6 and 32 survivors exist for each suicide, depending on the definition used. (Berman, 2011).
According to another estimate, approximately 7% of the US population knew someone who died of suicide during the past 12 months. (Crosby and Sacks, 2002).