Center for Disease Control
Suicide is increasing against the backdrop of generally declining
mortality, and is currently one of the 10 leading causes of death
overall and within each age group 10–64. While the rate increased almost steadily over the
period, the average annual percent increase was greater for the second
half of this period (2006–2014) than for the first half (1999–2006).
Increases in suicide rates occurred for both males and females in all
but the oldest age group (75 and over). Percent increases in rates were
greatest for females aged 10–14 and for males, those aged 45–64. The
male-female disparity in suicide rates (as measured by rate ratios)
narrowed slightly over the period. Poisoning was the most common suicide
method for females in 2014, and firearms were the most frequent for
males, but both sexes showed increases since 1999 in the percentage of
suicides attributable to suffocation.