Suicide is a major South Carolina public health problem.
- South Carolina has five suicide attempts per day at an average costs $7,273.00 per person. This would mean that South Carolina spends over 13 million dollars per year on attempted suicides.
- South Carolina has an average of 6 suicides every 5 days.
- 520 residents in South Carolina died of suicide in 2005.
- There were more suicides in South Carolina than homicides for the past three years.
- Suicide rates for South Carolina have steadily increased from 1999 to present.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for college students, 3 rd leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds, the 5 th leading cause of death for 10-14 year olds and the 11 th leading cause of death for overall population.
- Each completed and attempted suicide directly affects six other South Carolinians .
There is a strong association between suicide and mental illness.
- Seventy percent of South Carolinians who attempt or complete suicide have never touched a mental health system , either private or public.
- Approximately 62,000 people in South Carolina suffer from depression . Fifty percent of those who die by suicide were afflicted with major depression, and the suicide rate of people with major depression is eight times that of the general population.
- Ninety percent of all suicides are associated with an undiagnosed or untreated mental illness , including disorders involving the abuse of alcohol and other drugs
There are gender, ethnic, and age differences in suicide.
- Males are four times as likely to die by suicide than as females - although females attempt suicide three times as often as males.
- White Americans are more likely to die by suicide than Americans of other racial backgrounds.
- Suicide rates increase with age. Elderly people who die by suicide are often divorced or widowed and suffering from a physical illness.
Suicide is a preventable public health problem.