Suicide is death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with any intent to die as a result of the behavior. Specific groups in the population, such as youth and young adults, older adults, and military veterans are more vulnerable to suicide and self-inflicted injury. In addition to death and serious injury, suicidal behavior often produces a heavy burden of medical expenses, disability, loss of wages and productivity, and feelings of guilt, anger, and depression in victims and family members.
Though rarely discussed, suicides outnumber homicides two-to-one, resulting in nearly 1,200 suicides in North Carolina each year. Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. for 2010 and ranks among the top five leading causes of death for ages 15 to 54 in N.C.. Deaths represent only a fraction of the outcome of suicidal behavior; non-fatal self-inflicted injuries from suicide attempts requiring hospitalization or an emergency department visit are much more common than fatal self-inflicted injuries. In 2010, more than 487,000 people in the U.S. and more than 9,630 residents of N.C. received emergency department treatment for self-inflicted injuries.
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Suicide Prevention Resource Center
A Parents' Guide to Suicide Prevention