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The following list of facts are compiled from the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

>Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)
>Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)
>There is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes. (CDC)
>Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)
>Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year. (CDC)
>The highest suicide rates in the US are among Whites, American Indians and Alaska Natives.
>Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)
>80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. (TADS study)
>An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors (AAS).
>There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts. (CDC)
>There is one suicide for every estimated 4 suicide attempts in the elderly. (CDC)
>Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds.
>Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-24 years.
>Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

https://save.org/about-suicide/suicide-facts/ for more inclusive statistics, including information on gender disparities, age disparities, sexual orientation, and gender identity.