More People Die by Suicide than by Homicide
by Kevin Caruso
More people die by suicide than by homicide in the United States.
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death and homicide is the 13th leading cause of death.
More than 30, 000 people die by suicide each year in the U.S.
So why do more people die by suicide than by homicide?
Answer: Because of mental illness and stigma.
Over 90 percent of the people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death. And mental illness is extremely common.
The most common mental illness is depression, and thus untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.
So why don't people get treatment?
It is "okay" to have a physical illness but not "okay" to have a mental illness.
Please click below for additional information on suicide and stigma:
Stigma and Suicide
Another extremely disquieting statistic is this: 750,000 people a year attempt suicide in the U.S.
So for every person who dies by suicide - 25 actually attempt suicide.
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We all need to learn more about suicide and mental illness and work diligently to eliminate stigma and prevent suicide.
If you think that you may have deprssion or a related disorder, please make appointments with a doctor
and a therapist so you may be evaluated and treated.
And if someone you know may have depression or a related disorder, please strongly encourage them to get help.
And always remember that untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.
If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.
I love you.