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Recent Articles and Key Facts
- Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year.
- For every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for suicide in the general population.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds.
- 79% of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries.
- Ingestion of pesticide, hanging and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally.
Data, Statistics, and Analysis
World Health Organization. "Mental Health." 2019.
Ritchie, Hannah and Max Roser. "Mental Health." Our World in Data, 2018.
"Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates - United States, 1999-2016 and Circumstances Contributing to Suicide - 27 States, 2015."
Stone, Deborah M., Thomas R. Simon, Katherine A. Fowler, Scott R. Kegler, Keming Yuan, Kristin M. Holland, Asha Z. Ivey-Stephenson, Alex E. Crosby. "Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates - United States, 1999-2016 and Circumstances Contributing to Suicide - 27 States, 2015." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 67, no. 22 (June 2018): 617-24.
"Mental Health Information: Statistics."
National Institute of Mental Health. "Mental Health Information: Statistics." 2018.
Lee, Lindsay, Max Roser and Esteban Ortiz-Ospina. "Suicide." Our World in Data, 2016.
"Suicide Rates in California: Trends and Implications for Prevention and Early Intervention Programs."
Ramchand, Rajeev and Amariah Becker. "Suicide Rates in California: Trends and Implications for Prevention and Early Intervention Programs." Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2014.
Publications by Dr. Edward D. Lowe, SUA Associate Professor of Anthropology
"Globalization, Childhood, and Psychological Anthropology."
Call Number: GN502 .C64 2007
Weisner, Thomas S. and Edward D. Lowe. "Globalization, Childhood, and Psychological Anthropology." In A Companion to Psychological Anthropology: Modernity and Psychocultural Change, edited by Casey, Conerly and Robert B. Edgerton, 315-336. Oxford: Blackwell Publisher, 2007.