15 Myths and Facts About Suicide and Depression


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Teens are at greatest risk


Teenage suicides make headlines, but the elderly are more likely to take their own life than any other age group, says Dr. Valenstein.

At particularly high risk are white men over the age of 85, who have a suicide rate of 49.8 deaths per 100,000, compared with about 14 per 100,000 in people over 65, and 11 per 100,000 in the general population.

Still, teenagers remain a high-risk group. One in five high school students says he or she has considered suicide in the past year and 1 in 12 attempts to take his own life. (The suicide rate for 15- to 19-year-olds is 6.9 per 100,000.)

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