Means of Suicide

The most common means of suicide in the United States is a firearm, followed by suffocation and then poisoning.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of suicides among males involve a firearm.

Among women, a greater percentage of suicide deaths involve poisoning than firearms. However, almost one-third of suicide deaths (32%) among women involve the use of firearms.

Firearms are the most common method of suicide used by men of all ages, especially among men ages 65 years and older. Among women, suffocation is the most common method among 15- to 24-year-olds, while poisoning is the most common method among 24- to 64-year-olds.