The U.S. suicide rate (2016) for young adults between 25-34 years of age was 16.5 (per 100,000), which represented a 37.5% increase compared to what the rate was in the year 2000.
A little bit of calculation shows that 0.6% of the total population between the ages of 14-34 will die from suicide, during that 20-year-long span of their lives. But that's not all. Out of this same age group, an additional 0.34% will die from overdosing on heroine, and 0.2% from prescription opioids. A pertinent question that can be asked is whether the majority of these deaths, which were recorded as simple overdoses, should actually be viewed as suicides.
Taken altogether, that means 1.14% of our young people are dying from suicide or opioid overdoses.
And that rate only rises as they reach middle age.
In the U.S. men die 3.57 times more often than women from suicide.
In Canada, on the average day, 575 people die, 610 immigrants come to Canada, 135 people in Canada leave to go live in another country. Out of the 575 that die each day, 10 of them are from suicide. Somewhere between 1 out of 58 to 107 children who are born will someday choose to kill themselves. The exact number was a bit difficult for me to calculate more precisely because the number of babies being born over time has not been constant.
Here's another little statistic that may be surprising to some people.
The Japanese have a reputation of having a high suicide rate, but actually the suicide rate in Japan is lower than the suicide rate for white Americans in the US.
suicide rate for Japan, as of 2016, 14.3 (per 100,000)
suicide rate for white Americans, as of 2016, 15.7
and it climbed to 16.84 as of 2018