Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999-2014

NCHS Data Brief. 2016 Apr;(241):1-8.

Abstract

Data from the National Vital Statistics System, Mortality •From 1999 through 2014, the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States increased 24%, from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000 population, with the pace of increase greater after 2006. •Suicide rates increased from 1999 through 2014 for both males and females and for all ages 10-74. •The percent increase in suicide rates for females was greatest for those aged 10-14, and for males, those aged 45-64. •The most frequent suicide method in 2014 for males involved the use of firearms (55.4%), while poisoning was the most frequent method for females (34.1%). •Percentages of suicides attributable to suffocation increased for both sexes between 1999 and 2014.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Asphyxia / epidemiology
  • Cause of Death / trends
  • Child
  • Female
  • Firearms / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Poisoning / epidemiology
  • Sex Distribution
  • Suicide / trends*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Young Adult