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Suicide Rates

Every year, nearly 1 million people globally die from self-inflicted harm. It is the 13th-leading cause of death worldwide. Between 10 to 20 million attempt suicide, and many more think about ending their lives. Suicide and suicide attempts are not equally distributed across the population; rates vary across many dimensions.

These substantial variations reflect differences in acceptability of suicide, availability of methods, and community norms. Suicide has an impact far beyond the individual death; families, friends, and communities suffer. In most countries, women have lower suicide mortality rates but more suicide attempts than men.

Gender Differences

In the United States, men outnumber women in suicide deaths four to one, but women attempt suicide at least 10 times more often. Suicide is the seventh-leading cause of death for men ...

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