Suicide Rates in Washington is Higher Than National Average
The World Health Organization estimated that in the year 2000, approximately one million people died from suicide and 10 to 20 times more people attempted suicide worldwide. This, on average, is one death every 40 seconds and one attempt every 3 seconds.
In Washington State alone, the suicide rate among youth is about 10% higher than the national average. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults in Washington; the leading cause being motor vehicle accidents.
According to data collected by the Washington State Department of Health, more than half of the suicides among ages 15 through 24 in Washington from 2000 to 2004 involved a firearm. Most deaths occurring after school hours.
Non-fatal attempts are also a concern. More than 3,700 youths were hospitalized after attempting suicide. 66% of the hospitalizations happened to female youths.