Suicide and Self-Harm Injury

Data are for the U.S.

Emergency department visits
  • Number of emergency department visits for self-harm injury: 312,000

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2018 National Summary Tables, table 16pdf icon

Mortality

All suicides

  • Number of deaths: 45,979
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 14.0
  • Cause of death rank: 12

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2020) via CDC WONDER

Firearm suicides

  • Number of deaths: 24,292
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 7.4

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2020) via CDC WONDER

Suffocation suicides

  • Number of deaths: 12,495
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 3.8

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2020) via CDC WONDER

Poisoning suicides

  • Number of deaths: 5,528
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 1.7

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2020) via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022