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Death rate from suicide in the U.S. by gender and age 2016

Deaths per 100,000 resident population by suicide in the U.S. in 2016, by gender and age*

by John Elflein, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Death rate from suicide in the U.S. by gender and age 2016 In 2016, there were around 31 deaths from suicide per 100,000 population among males in the U.S. aged 65 years and older. Males aged 65 years and older were more likely to die from suicide than any other age group for both males and females. The suicide death rate for males in general is constantly greater than that for females.
Suicide method by gender

Not only do suicide rates differ by gender, but the method of suicide varies as well. Suicide by firearm accounts for almost 57 percent of suicides among males, but only 32 percent of those among females. However, suicide by poisoning accounts for a much larger share of suicides among females than males. In 2016, there were a total of 22,963 firearm suicides and 6,698 poisoning suicides.

Substance abuse, mental health and suicide

Those who suffer from substance abuse and certain mental health disorders are at a much greater risk of falling victim to suicide. It’s been found that around 15 percent of those with drug or alcohol dependence or abuse had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year, compared to just 3 percent of those with no such substance dependence of abuse. Similarly, around 4.4 percent of those with a major depressive episode in the past year had attempted suicide, while only 0.3 percent of those without a major depressive episode had done so.
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Deaths per 100,000 resident population by suicide in the U.S. in 2016, by gender and age*

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