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National Suicide Statistics at a Glance

Trends in Suicide Rates* Among Males Ages 45-64 Years, by Mechanism, United States, 1991-2009

Year: 2009 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 836 Rate per 100,000: 2.14Year: 2009 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 836 Rate per 100,000: 2.14Year: 2008 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 824 Rate per 100,000: 2.15Year: 2008 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 824 Rate per 100,000: 2.15Year: 2007 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 754 Rate per 100,000: 2.01Year: 2007 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 754 Rate per 100,000: 2.01Year: 2006 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 794 Rate per 100,000: 2.17Year: 2006 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 794 Rate per 100,000: 2.17Year: 2005 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 688 Rate per 100,000: 1.93Year: 2005 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 688 Rate per 100,000: 1.93Year: 2004 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 639 Rate per 100,000: 1.85Year: 2004 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 639 Rate per 100,000: 1.85Year: 2003 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 616 Rate per 100,000: 1.84Year: 2003 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 616 Rate per 100,000: 1.84Year: 2002 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 596 Rate per 100,000: 1.83Year: 2002 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 596 Rate per 100,000: 1.83Year: 2001 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 573 Rate per 100,000: 1.82Year: 2001 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 573 Rate per 100,000: 1.82Year: 2000 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 480 Rate per 100,000: 1.59Year: 2000 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 480 Rate per 100,000: 1.59Year: 1999 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 454 Rate per 100,000: 1.55Year: 1999 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 454 Rate per 100,000: 1.55Year: 1998 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 467 Rate per 100,000: 1.65Year: 1998 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 467 Rate per 100,000: 1.65Year: 1997 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 437 Rate per 100,000: 1.60Year: 1997 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 437 Rate per 100,000: 1.60Year: 1996 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 405 Rate per 100,000: 1.54Year: 1996 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 405 Rate per 100,000: 1.54Year: 1995 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 427 Rate per 100,000: 1.67Year: 1995 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 427 Rate per 100,000: 1.67Year: 1994 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 372 Rate per 100,000: 1.50Year: 1994 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 372 Rate per 100,000: 1.50Year: 1993 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 369 Rate per 100,000: 1.53Year: 1993 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 369 Rate per 100,000: 1.53Year: 1992 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 339 Rate per 100,000: 1.45Year: 1992 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 339 Rate per 100,000: 1.45Year: 1991 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 364 Rate per 100,000: 1.61Year: 1991 Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 364 Rate per 100,000: 1.61Year: 2009 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,697 Rate per 100,000: 4.34Year: 2009 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,697 Rate per 100,000: 4.34Year: 2008 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,684 Rate per 100,000: 4.39Year: 2008 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,684 Rate per 100,000: 4.39Year: 2007 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,622 Rate per 100,000: 4.32Year: 2007 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,622 Rate per 100,000: 4.32Year: 2006 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,497 Rate per 100,000: 4.08Year: 2006 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,497 Rate per 100,000: 4.08Year: 2005 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,321 Rate per 100,000: 3.71Year: 2005 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,321 Rate per 100,000: 3.71Year: 2004 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,336 Rate per 100,000: 3.87Year: 2004 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,336 Rate per 100,000: 3.87Year: 2003 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,200 Rate per 100,000: 3.58Year: 2003 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,200 Rate per 100,000: 3.58Year: 2002 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,194 Rate per 100,000: 3.68Year: 2002 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,194 Rate per 100,000: 3.68Year: 2001 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,054 Rate per 100,000: 3.36Year: 2001 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,054 Rate per 100,000: 3.36Year: 2000 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 997 Rate per 100,000: 3.31Year: 2000 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 997 Rate per 100,000: 3.31Year: 1999 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 945 Rate per 100,000: 3.22Year: 1999 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 945 Rate per 100,000: 3.22Year: 1998 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 992 Rate per 100,000: 3.51Year: 1998 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 992 Rate per 100,000: 3.51Year: 1997 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 937 Rate per 100,000: 3.43Year: 1997 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 937 Rate per 100,000: 3.43Year: 1996 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 951 Rate per 100,000: 3.61Year: 1996 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 951 Rate per 100,000: 3.61Year: 1995 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 864 Rate per 100,000: 3.38Year: 1995 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 864 Rate per 100,000: 3.38Year: 1994 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 873 Rate per 100,000: 3.52Year: 1994 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 873 Rate per 100,000: 3.52Year: 1993 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 811 Rate per 100,000: 3.36Year: 1993 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 811 Rate per 100,000: 3.36Year: 1992 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 812 Rate per 100,000: 3.47Year: 1992 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 812 Rate per 100,000: 3.47Year: 1991 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 816 Rate per 100,000: 3.62Year: 1991 Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 816 Rate per 100,000: 3.62Year: 2009 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 2,318 Rate per 100,000: 5.92Year: 2009 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 2,318 Rate per 100,000: 5.92Year: 2008 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 2,135 Rate per 100,000: 5.57Year: 2008 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 2,135 Rate per 100,000: 5.57Year: 2007 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,900 Rate per 100,000: 5.06Year: 2007 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,900 Rate per 100,000: 5.06Year: 2006 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,657 Rate per 100,000: 4.52Year: 2006 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,657 Rate per 100,000: 4.52Year: 2005 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,425 Rate per 100,000: 4.00Year: 2005 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,425 Rate per 100,000: 4.00Year: 2004 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,436 Rate per 100,000: 4.15Year: 2004 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,436 Rate per 100,000: 4.15Year: 2003 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,289 Rate per 100,000: 3.84Year: 2003 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,289 Rate per 100,000: 3.84Year: 2002 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,236 Rate per 100,000: 3.80Year: 2002 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,236 Rate per 100,000: 3.80Year: 2001 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,118 Rate per 100,000: 3.56Year: 2001 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,118 Rate per 100,000: 3.56Year: 2000 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 960 Rate per 100,000: 3.18Year: 2000 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 960 Rate per 100,000: 3.18Year: 1999 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 865 Rate per 100,000: 2.95Year: 1999 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 865 Rate per 100,000: 2.95Year: 1998 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 921 Rate per 100,000: 3.26Year: 1998 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 921 Rate per 100,000: 3.26Year: 1997 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 831 Rate per 100,000: 3.04Year: 1997 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 831 Rate per 100,000: 3.04Year: 1996 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 777 Rate per 100,000: 2.95Year: 1996 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 777 Rate per 100,000: 2.95Year: 1995 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 759 Rate per 100,000: 2.97Year: 1995 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 759 Rate per 100,000: 2.97Year: 1994 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 594 Rate per 100,000: 2.39Year: 1994 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 594 Rate per 100,000: 2.39Year: 1993 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 600 Rate per 100,000: 2.49Year: 1993 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 600 Rate per 100,000: 2.49Year: 1992 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 648 Rate per 100,000: 2.77Year: 1992 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 648 Rate per 100,000: 2.77Year: 1991 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 657 Rate per 100,000: 2.91Year: 1991 Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 657 Rate per 100,000: 2.91Year: 2009 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 6,075 Rate per 100,000: 15.52Year: 2009 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 6,075 Rate per 100,000: 15.52Year: 2008 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 5,848 Rate per 100,000: 15.25Year: 2008 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 5,848 Rate per 100,000: 15.25Year: 2007 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 5,374 Rate per 100,000: 14.30Year: 2007 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 5,374 Rate per 100,000: 14.30Year: 2006 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 5,091 Rate per 100,000: 13.88Year: 2006 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 5,091 Rate per 100,000: 13.88Year: 2005 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 5,085 Rate per 100,000: 14.26Year: 2005 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 5,085 Rate per 100,000: 14.26Year: 2004 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 4,755 Rate per 100,000: 13.76Year: 2004 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 4,755 Rate per 100,000: 13.76Year: 2003 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 4,769 Rate per 100,000: 14.22Year: 2003 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 4,769 Rate per 100,000: 14.22Year: 2002 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 4,607 Rate per 100,000: 14.18Year: 2002 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 4,607 Rate per 100,000: 14.18Year: 2001 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 4,322 Rate per 100,000: 13.76Year: 2001 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 4,322 Rate per 100,000: 13.76Year: 2000 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,977 Rate per 100,000: 13.19Year: 2000 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,977 Rate per 100,000: 13.19Year: 1999 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,845 Rate per 100,000: 13.10Year: 1999 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,845 Rate per 100,000: 13.10Year: 1998 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,821 Rate per 100,000: 13.50Year: 1998 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,821 Rate per 100,000: 13.50Year: 1997 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,823 Rate per 100,000: 14.00Year: 1997 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,823 Rate per 100,000: 14.00Year: 1996 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,857 Rate per 100,000: 14.63Year: 1996 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,857 Rate per 100,000: 14.63Year: 1995 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,629 Rate per 100,000: 14.19Year: 1995 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,629 Rate per 100,000: 14.19Year: 1994 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,588 Rate per 100,000: 14.45Year: 1994 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,588 Rate per 100,000: 14.45Year: 1993 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,726 Rate per 100,000: 15.45Year: 1993 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,726 Rate per 100,000: 15.45Year: 1992 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,586 Rate per 100,000: 15.31Year: 1992 Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 3,586 Rate per 100,000: 15.31
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Between 1991 and 2009, suicide deaths rates among males ages 45 to 64 years from firearms were greater than all other suicide mechanisms combined. Although the firearm suicide rate dropped from 1991 to 2000, it has since increased 15% from 13.19 to 15.52 suicides per 100,000 in 2009. Suffocation suicide rates among males aged 45 to 64 years have increased 103.5% since 2001 from 2.91 to 5.92 suicides per 100,000 in 2009. Poisoning suicide rates remained fairly constant between 1991 and 2005 when they began to rise slightly. 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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