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National Suicide Statistics at a Glance

Percentage of Suicides Among Persons Ages 25–64 Years, by Race/Ethnicity and Mechanism, United States, 2005–2009

Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 362 Percentage of deaths: 12.6%Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 170 Percentage of deaths: 5.9%Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 414 Percentage of deaths: 14.4%Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,299 Percentage of deaths: 45.3%Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 621 Percentage of deaths: 21.7%Race/Ethnicity: AI/AK Native** Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 63 Percentage of deaths: 5.4%Race/Ethnicity: AI/AK Native** Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 10 Percentage of deaths: 0.9%Race/Ethnicity: AI/AK Native** Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 221 Percentage of deaths: 19.0%Race/Ethnicity: AI/AK Native** Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 428 Percentage of deaths: 36.8%Race/Ethnicity: AI/AK Native** Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 440 Percentage of deaths: 37.9%Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 626 Percentage of deaths: 7.9%Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 254 Percentage of deaths: 3.2%Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,167 Percentage of deaths: 14.7%Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 3,083 Percentage of deaths: 38.8%Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 2,826 Percentage of deaths: 35.5%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 654 Percentage of deaths: 9.6%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 253 Percentage of deaths: 3.7%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,003 Percentage of deaths: 14.8%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,636 Percentage of deaths: 24.1%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,247 Percentage of deaths: 47.8%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 5,994 Percentage of deaths: 5.8%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 1,837 Percentage of deaths: 1.8%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 23,240 Percentage of deaths: 22.3%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 22,385 Percentage of deaths: 21.5%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 50,739 Percentage of deaths: 48.7%
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During 2005–2009, the greatest percentage of suicides occurred by firearm, suffocation, and poisoning for all race/ethnicity groups among those 25 to 64 years with a higher percentage of suicides by suffocation among Asian/Pacific Islanders (45.3%) and a higher percentage of suicides by firearm among Non-Hispanic Whites (48.7%) and Non-Hispanic Blacks (47.8%). The highest percentages of suicides by poisoning were among the Non-Hispanic Whites (22.3%) and American Indian/Alaskan Natives (19.0%).

Footnote: **AI/AI Native: American Indian/ Alaskan Native, PI: Pacific Islander

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