Infographic: Confronting suicide as a public health issue

The act of taking one’s life occurs, on average, once every 14 minutes. As part of its violence prevention efforts, the CDC is trying to stem that tragic tide.    

Nearly 121 people commit suicide in the U.S. every day. This self-inflicted violence has gained the attention of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC is working with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to help people better understand how depression and anxiety may lead to death.

The CDC website deems suicide a public health issue, because it can have detrimental effects on individuals, families and communities. Though its causes are often determined by complex multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention is simple, says the CDC: to reduce risk factors and increase coping skills that promote resilience.

Throughout the year hundreds of “Out of the Darkness Walks” organized by the AFSP are held nationwide. Community and campus walks, along with an overnight excursion, are planned as the group works toward its goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.

Consider these statistics:

  • Men are four times more likely than women to commit suicide.

  • The highest reported suicide rate is among adults aged 45 to 54.

  • Firearms are used in 51 percent of all suicides.

The CDC’s infographic highlights the strategies and resources for suicide prevention:

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