Depression & Suicide Facts

  • On average in the U.S., one person dies by suicide every 12.3 minutes
  • In 2014, more than 42,773 people in the U.S. died by suicide, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans (from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death on college campuses
  • The suicide rates for men rise with age, most significantly after age 65
  • Depression is the leading cause of death by suicide
  • Depression is a treatable medical condition
  • After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death

Local Statistics

Chester County Suicide Data

The following data below is provided by the Coroner’s Office.  All reported suicides are included.

  • 2006- 27
  • 2007- 37
  • 2008- 49
  • 2009 – 41
  • 2010 – 54
  • 2011- 50
  • 2012- 34
  • 2013- 47
  • 2014- 55
  • 2015-60