Suicide Data

In 2017, 1,292 residents died by suicide, making it the eighth leading cause of death overall in Washington state. The state’s suicide rate ranks 21st highest in the nation at 17.5 deaths per 100,000 people, higher than the national suicide rate of 14.5.  Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 10-34 year olds in Washington. (Source: WA Department of Health)

United States:

In the United States, 47,173 people died in 2017 making suicide the tenth leading cause of death. On average, there are 129 suicides per day, and over 1,179,000 annual attempts. In 2017, firearms accounted for 50.6% of all suicides (Source: American Association of Suicidology).

In 2016, 9.8 million US adults aged 18 or older thought seriously about attempting suicide, including the 2.8 million who made suicide plans and 1.3 million who made non-fatal attempts (Source: SAMHSA).

Suicide rates are on the rise across the nation but nowhere more so than in rural counties, according to a new study by a team of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers. The study maps, in unprecedented detail, county-level changes in suicide rates between 2005 and 2015. The animation below, generated from figures in the report, shows a persistent, nationwide increase in suicide rates at the county level during that period.


Suicide is a major public health issue – and around the clock, its impact is felt globally. Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Suicide is a global phenomenon; in fact, 79% of suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2016.  There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide. (Source: WHO).

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