How prevalent is suicide?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Suicide ranks as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults (15–24 years old). [1]  Globally, an estimated 700,000 people take their own lives annually. [2]  According to the CDC, there were 44,965 suicides in the United States in 2016. [1]


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