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National Suicide Statistics at a Glance

Percentage of Suicides Among Persons Ages 10 Years and Older, by Sex and Mechanism, United States, 2005–2009

Sex: Males Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 7,638 Percentage of deaths: 5.6%Sex: Males Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 2,593 Percentage of deaths: 1.9%Sex: Males Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 16,708 Percentage of deaths: 12.2%Sex: Males Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 32,969 Percentage of deaths: 24.1%Sex: Males Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 77,064 Percentage of deaths: 56.3%Sex: Females Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 2,573 Percentage of deaths: 7.1%Sex: Females Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 937 Percentage of deaths: 2.6%Sex: Females Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 14,334 Percentage of deaths: 39.3%Sex: Females Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 7,477 Percentage of deaths: 20.5%Sex: Females Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 11,125 Percentage of deaths: 30.5%
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During 2005–2009, the greatest percentage of suicides among males occurred by firearms (56.3%) while the greatest percentage of suicides among females occurred by poisoning (39.3%).

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