Suicide is the tragic outcome of any kind of problem, physical or mental illness, social pressure, personal trauma, work-related stress that an individual may experience. Suicide touches people of every age, race, culture, economic and social background. Being wealthy, well-educated, having a good job and strong family ties does not necessarily prevent someone from feeling suicidal.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
Approximately 5,000,000 Americans have attempted suicide
More Americans die by suicide than by AIDS and homicide combined
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. with 33,000 fatalities annually
For every completed suicide, there are an estimated 50-100 suicide attempts (2.5 million annually)
The rate of suicide in the U.S. has increased in the general population for the first time in 10 years (primarily as a result of an increase in suicides among white, middle-aged men and women, age 40-64)
The Causes Are Well Known
Mental illness, alcohol and substance abuse are the leading indicators of suicide risk
Depression affects nearly 10% of adults in a given year (more than 19,000,000 people each year)
90% of individuals who commit suicide experience a mental or substance use disorder, or both
More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease, cancer and AIDS combined
Risk factors for attempted suicide in adults include depression, alcohol abuse, cocaine use, and separation or divorce; with alcoholism a factor in about 30 percent of all completed suicides
Approximately 25% of adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, yet less than one-third of the people who have a mental health disorder receive treatment
Those Impacted By Suicide
Middle-aged men commit the largest number of suicides in the U.S.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for men 25-34; the 4th for men 35-54
Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death for women 25-44; the 8th for women 45-54
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death of American teenagers, the 2nd for college students
Approximately 1,000,000 teens suffer from depression and half of them will eventually attempt suicide (suicide is the fastest growing cause of death of our youth, the rate of teen suicide tripling since 1950’s)
In NYC, over 50% of the suicides are committed by males age 25-54
Suicide In The Workplace
Depression is the leading cause of disability and suicide in the U.S.
Depression and suicide cost New York State $3.4-$4.0 billion annually
A minimum of 7% of full-time workers battled depression in the past year
Depression is a leading cause of absenteeism and reduced productivity at work (nationally, depression cost the economy $83.1 billion in 2000, up 10% from 1990)
Depressed workers take 1.5 to 3.2 more short-term work disability days per month than their non-depressed counterparts
A Supportive Workplace Is A Productive Workplace
Studies show enhanced and systematic efforts to identify and treat depression in the workplace significantly improve employee health and productivity, leading to lower costs overall for the employer.