Suicide took the lives of 29,199 Americans in 1999.

• More people die from suicide than from homicide. In 1999, there were 1.7 times as many suicides as homicides.

• Overall, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death for all Americans, and is the third leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24.

• Males are four times more likely to die from suicide than are females. However, females are more likely to attempt suicide than are males.

• 1999, white males accounted for 72% of all suicides. Together, white males and white females accounted for over 90% of all suicides. However, during the period from 1979-1992, suicide rates for Native Americans (a category that includes American Indians and Alaska Natives) were about 1.5 times the national rates. There was a disproportionate number of suicides among young male Native Americans during this period, as males 15-24 accounted for 64% of all suicides by Native Americans.

• Suicide rates are generally higher than the national average in the western states and lower in the eastern and midwestern states.

• Nearly 3 of every 5 suicides in 1999 (57%) were committed with a firearm.

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