National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 8 – 14, 2013. World Suicide Prevention Day is Tuesday, Sept. 10.
In Monroe County, the age-adjusted suicide death rate per 100,000 residents is 7.7, which is higher than the New York State rate.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 14.2 minutes.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds. The elderly make up 12.9 percent of the population, but comprise 15.9 percent of all suicides.
Approximately 922,725 Americans attempt suicide each year. It is estimated that 5 million living Americans have attempted to kill themselves.
Every year in the United States, more than 18,500 men and women kill themselves with a gun; two-thirds more than the number who use a gun to kill another person.
An estimated 4.73 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please reach out for help. People in the Finger Lakes region can dial 2-1-1 or visit 211fingerlakes.org