Year: 2008 Source: American Journal on Preventive Medicine, v.10, (2008), p.1-5 SIEC No: 20080953

The overall suicide rate in the U.S. increased by 6% between 1981 and 1986 and declined by 18% between 1986 and 1999. Detailed descriptions of recent trends in suicide are lacking, especially with regard to the method of suicide. Information is needed on the major changes in rates of suicide in specific population groups in recent years (1999Ð2005). The differential increases by age, race, gender, and method underscore a change in the epidemiology of suicide. Whites aged 40Ð64 years have recently emerged as a new high-risk group for suicide. Although firearms remain the most common method of suicide, the notable increases in suicide by hanging/suffocation in men and by poisoning in women deserve preventive attention.