Suicide, Figure 8
Cost Estimates of Violent Deaths: Figures and Tables
Percentage of Total Combined Medical and Work Loss Costs of Suicides for Persons Aged 10 Years and Older, by Sex and Mechanism, United States, 2005
In 2005, the cost of suicide was more than 4 times greater among males ($21.7 billion) than females ($5 billion). The most common and costly mechanism of suicide differed between males and females. Among females, poisoning represented the greatest total combined cost ($1.9 billion), followed by firearm gunshot ($1.5 billion) and suffocation ($1.2 billion). For males, firearm injuries cost the most, with total combined costs of $ 11.2 billion, followed by suffocation ($6.1 billion) and poisoning ($2.6 billion).