"Since 1997 the highest rates have been in men aged 15-44, peaking in 1998 and then steadily decreasing. ...
Suicide rates in women aged 15-44 have consistently been the lowest across the 1991-2007 period and fell to 4.2 per 100,000 population in 2007" - the UK
"It is the sixth leading cause of death for kids between the ages of five and 14, and the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds."
Young people (15-24yrs) in the U.S in 2001 accounted for 12.3% of deaths .... the next highest group was males at 2.1%. 10% more.
It's also worth looking into how many deaths are undefined because people are reluctant to say they are suicide or aren't sure. This leads to other questions like, have suicide rates actually increased in the last 100 years or are they just reported more? Also do suicide rates appear more or less in certain people, communities, religions etc.?
1. E.g. Do Catholics appear to have lower suicide rates because suicides are being hidden because it does not allow for a catholic burial?
2. E.g. Are people actually less likely to report suicides by young people than older people?
· 1 decade ago