Suicide Prevention in Specific Populations

Suicide is a problem that is not specific to any race, age, religion, or sexual identity. It can affect anyone, though sometimes in different ways and to different degrees. There are many resources and a wealth of information available about suicide prevention in specific populations. Click on a link below to learn more about suicide in specific populations or to find resources that fit your individual needs.

  • Aging Population - Anyone of any age can be at risk for suicide, but the elderly especially vulnerable. Older adults experience the highest suicide rates in the nation. Research shows that older adults who attempt suicide are more likely to succeed, leaving limited opportunities to save a life once suicidal behavior begins.

 

  • Hispanic Population - Suicide is the third leading cause of death in Hispanics aged 15-24, and fourth leading cause of death for those aged 25-34. The highest rates being among adolescent females and elderly Hispanics. 

 

  • African Americans - African American suicide has been historically low when compared to other populations, though rates have been rising. From 1981 to 1994 rates grew by 83%. Today it is the third leading cause of death among African Americans.

 

  • Veterans - 22 Veterans commit suicide every day. That is one every 65 minutes. The VA (Veterans Affairs) reported that 69% of veteran suicides were among individuals aged 50 years and older. 

 

  • Military - Last year more active duty soldiers killed themselves than died in combat. These men and women are likely to be in high stress or traumatic situations that can take a toll on ones mental well being. 

 

  • College Students - Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. And the number one cause for college student suicides (and ALL suicides) is untreated depression. Going to college can be a difficult transition period in which students can feel lost, lonely, confused, anxious, inadequate, and stressed. These can all lead to depression.

 

  • LGBT Population - in U.S. surveys, LBGT adolescents and adults have two to six times higher rates of reported suicide attempts compared to comparable straight people. Two key suicide risk factors for LGBT people are individual level factors such as depression and experiencing of stigma and discrimination, including anti-LGBT hostility, harassment, bullying and family rejection.