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National Suicide Statistics at a Glance

Percentage of Self-Harm Injuries, by Age Group, Disposition, and Mechanism, United States, 2005-2009

Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Other Number of injuries: 8,401 Percentage of deaths: 20.9%Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Cut/Pierce Number of injuries: 5,629 Percentage of deaths: 14.0%Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Fall Number of injuries: 448 Percentage of deaths: 1.1%Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Poisoning Number of injuries: 23,347 Percentage of deaths: 58.1%Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Suffocation Number of injuries: 237 Percentage of deaths: 0.6%Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Firearm Number of injuries: 2,134 Percentage of deaths: 5.3%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Other Number of injuries: 254,049 Percentage of deaths: 21.8%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Cut/Pierce Number of injuries: 198,035 Percentage of deaths: 17.0%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Fall Number of injuries: 6,706 Percentage of deaths: 0.6%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Poisoning Number of injuries: 688,044 Percentage of deaths: 59.1%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Suffocation Number of injuries: 5,747 Percentage of deaths: 0.5%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Firearm Number of injuries: 11,086 Percentage of deaths: 1.0%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Other Number of injuries: 188,822 Percentage of deaths: 26.7%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Cut/Pierce Number of injuries: 185,974 Percentage of deaths: 26.3%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Fall Number of injuries: 4,045 Percentage of deaths: 0.6%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Poisoning Number of injuries: 320,014 Percentage of deaths: 45.3%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Suffocation Number of injuries: 4,220 Percentage of deaths: 0.6%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Non-fatal Mechanism: Firearm Number of injuries: 4,068 Percentage of deaths: 0.6%Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Other Number of injuries: 862 Percentage of deaths: 3.1%Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Cut/Pierce Number of injuries: 464 Percentage of deaths: 1.7%Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Fall Number of injuries: 448 Percentage of deaths: 1.6%Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Poisoning Number of injuries: 3,128 Percentage of deaths: 11.3%Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Suffocation Number of injuries: 2,832 Percentage of deaths: 10.2%Age Group: 65+yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Firearm Number of injuries: 20,003 Percentage of deaths: 72.1%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Other Number of injuries: 5,216 Percentage of deaths: 4.2%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Cut/Pierce Number of injuries: 2,521 Percentage of deaths: 2.0%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Fall Number of injuries: 2,538 Percentage of deaths: 2.1%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Poisoning Number of injuries: 26,121 Percentage of deaths: 21.2%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Suffocation Number of injuries: 28,913 Percentage of deaths: 23.4%Age Group: 25-64yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Firearm Number of injuries: 58,022 Percentage of deaths: 47.0%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Other Number of injuries: 991 Percentage of deaths: 4.4%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Cut/Pierce Number of injuries: 157 Percentage of deaths: 0.7%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Fall Number of injuries: 544 Percentage of deaths: 2.4%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Poisoning Number of injuries: 1,793 Percentage of deaths: 8.0%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Suffocation Number of injuries: 8,701 Percentage of deaths: 38.9%Age Group: 10-24yr Disposition: Fatal Mechanism: Firearm Number of injuries: 10,164 Percentage of deaths: 45.5%
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For all three age groups (10 to 24 years, 25 to 64 years, and 65 years or more), the greatest percentage of fatal self-harm injuries occurred by firearm (45.5%, 47.0%, and 72.1%, respectively), suffocation (38.9%, 23.4%, and 10.2%, respectively) and poisoning (8.0%, 21.2%, and 11.3%, respectively) during 2005-2009. In contrast, for all three age groups (10 to 24 years, 25 to 64 years, and 65 years or more), the greatest percentage of non-fatal self-harm injuries occurred by poisoning (45.3%, 59.1% and 58.1%, respectively) and cut/pierce (26.3%, 17.0%, and 14.0%, respectively).

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