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National Suicide Statistics at a Glance

Percentage of Suicides Among Persons Ages 10–24 Years, by Race/Ethnicity and Mechanism, United States, 2005–2009

Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 65 Percentage of deaths: 9.0%Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 49 Percentage of deaths: 6.8%Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 86 Percentage of deaths: 11.9%Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 343 Percentage of deaths: 47.4%Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 180 Percentage of deaths: 24.9%Race/Ethnicity: AI/AK Native** Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 31 Percentage of deaths: 4.5%Race/Ethnicity: AI/AK Native** Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 5 Percentage of deaths: 0.7%Race/Ethnicity: AI/AK Native** Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 39 Percentage of deaths: 5.6%Race/Ethnicity: AI/AK Native** Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 387 Percentage of deaths: 55.9%Race/Ethnicity: AI/AK Native** Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 230 Percentage of deaths: 33.2%Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 168 Percentage of deaths: 5.9%Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 77 Percentage of deaths: 2.7%Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 161 Percentage of deaths: 5.6%Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 1,370 Percentage of deaths: 47.8%Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 1,091 Percentage of deaths: 38.1%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 157 Percentage of deaths: 6.7%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 53 Percentage of deaths: 2.3%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 102 Percentage of deaths: 4.3%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 802 Percentage of deaths: 34.1%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 1,238 Percentage of deaths: 52.6%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Mechanism: Other Number of deaths: 722 Percentage of deaths: 4.6%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Mechanism: Fall Number of deaths: 359 Percentage of deaths: 2.3%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Mechanism: Poisoning Number of deaths: 1,403 Percentage of deaths: 9.0%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Mechanism: Suffocation Number of deaths: 5,771 Percentage of deaths: 36.9%Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Mechanism: Firearm Number of deaths: 7,399 Percentage of deaths: 47.3%
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During 2005-2009, the greatest percentage of suicides occurred by firearm and suffocation for all race/ethnicity groups in those 10 to 24 years old. A higher percentage of suicides occurred by suffocation in American Indian/Alaskan Natives (55.9%) and by firearm in Non-Hispanic Blacks (52.6%) as compared to the other race/ethnicity groups.

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

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