National Suicide Statistics at a Glance
Trends in Suicide Rates* Among Females Ages 10-24 Years, by Mechanism, United States, 1991-2009
Suffocation suicide rates among females aged 10 to 24 years increased 233% from 0.42 suicides per 100,000 in 1991 to 1.4 suicides per 100,000 in 2009. Firearm suicide rates in females aged 10 to 24 years decreased from 1993 through 2007, when they began to rise again. Poisoning suicide rates decreased from 1991 through 1998, increased from .36 suicides per 100,000 in 1998 to .48 suicides per 100,000 in 2002, and then remained relatively constant through 2009. Suicide rates by other mechanisms remained fairly steady from 1991 through 2009.
Footnote: *All rates are age specific. Rates based on less than 20 deaths are statistically unreliable.
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