USA Suicide


Authored by: John L. McIntosh

Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415530125
eBook ISBN: 9780203795583
Adobe ISBN: 9781134459292


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Suicide is a significant mental and public health issue. The World Health Organization (2012) estimated in 2000 that nearly one million suicides took place worldwide. With a worldwide rate of 16 per 100,000 population, the rate in the United States of over 12 (2010 figures) is below the estimated international rate and can be described as moderate and not among the highest nations. However, as a large country, deaths by suicide in the USA represent an important matter. While suicidal behavior includes the broader spectrum of suicidal ideation, nonfatal suicidal acts (suicide attempts), and the effects of suicide deaths on the bereaved (see e.g., Jordan & McIntosh, 2011), the focus of this chapter will be on suicide mortality in the United States of America.

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