Prevalence and Incidence of Suicide


About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Suicide usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Suicide at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Suicide refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Suicide diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Incidence (annual) of Suicide: 29,199 annual cases of actual suicide in 1999 USA (NVHS Sep 2001)
Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 9,315 or 0.01% or 29,200 people in USA [about data]
Incidence of Suicide: The 1998 age-adjusted rate** was 10.4/100,000, or 0.01%1

1. excerpt from Suicide Facts: NIMH

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