Means of Suicide


Firearms are the most common means of suicide in the United States, followed by suffocation and poisoning.



Firearms are used in over half of all male suicides.



Firearms remain a consistent means of suicide for men over time. For men over the age of 65, firearms are used in over three-quarters of suicide deaths.



While firearms are the most common means of suicide for men, poisoning is slightly more common for women.



The means used in suicide for women change over time. While younger women are most likely to die by suffocation, poisoning becomes a more common means of suicide as women age.

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