Who is Most Likely to Commit Suicide?

Updated: Oct 19

Suicide rates are highest in teens, young adults, and the elderly. White men over the age of 65 have the highest rate of suicide. Suicide risk also is higher amongst:

  • Older people who have lost a spouse through death or divorce

  • People who have attempted suicide in the past

  • People with a family history of suicide

  • People with a friend or co-worker who has killed themselves

  • People with a history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse

  • People who are unmarried, unskilled, or unemployed

  • People with long-term pain or a disabling or terminal illness

  • People who are prone to violent or impulsive behavior

  • People who have recently been released from a psychiatric hospitalization (This often is a very frightening period of transition.)

  • People in certain professions, such as police officers and health care providers who work with terminally ill patients

  • People with substance abuse problems

Although women are three times as likely to attempt suicide, men are far more likely to complete the act.


Courtesy of WebMD


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