Sui­cide, de­pres­sion and sub­stance abuse

Modern Healthcare - - DATA POINTS -

The re­cent death of ac­tor/co­me­dian Robin Wil­liams high­lighted the is­sues of sui­cide, de­pres­sion and sub­stance abuse. Fol­low­ing Na­tional Sui­cide Preven­tion Week, we present statis­tics il­lus­trat­ing the mag­ni­tude of th­ese prob­lems.


Sui­cide’s rank among the lead­ing causes of mor­tal­ity in the U.S. in 2011, ac­count­ing for 38,364 deaths, or an av­er­age of 105 per day —Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion


Per­cent­age of Americans who died by sui­cide who had re­ceived men­tal health ser­vices dur­ing the last year of life, with only 19% re­ceiv­ing ser­vices in their fi­nal month —Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion for Sui­cide Preven­tion


Es­ti­mated an­nual num­ber of sui­cide deaths in­ter­na­tion­ally

—World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion

$34 bil­lion

Es­ti­mated an­nual cost of sui­cide deaths to the U.S. econ­omy from com­bined work loss and med­i­cal costs

—Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion for Sui­cide Preven­tion


Per­cent­age of peo­ple who killed them­selves who tested pos­i­tive for al­co­hol in 2009, com­pared with 23% who tested pos­i­tive for an­tide­pres­sants and 20% for opi­ates —Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion


Num­ber of emer­gency depart­ment vis­its in 2010 for self-in­flicted in­jury —Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol

and Preven­tion

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