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Choose Life - The Facts / Suicide methods by gender. These 2005 numbers are still considered accurate.

2,643 U.S. Suicide Statistics (2005 - most recent compilation)
Suicide* Methods by Gender

Method

Men (all ages)

Women (all ages)
% of Total Men Number of Male Suicides (25,566 total) Women - % of Total Women Number of Female Suicides (6,873 total)

Firearms

57.6%

14,916

31.0%

2,086

Hanging, strangulation, suffocation

22.7%

5,887

20.2%

1,361

Poisons

12.0%

3,112

39.1

2,632

All other methods

7.7%

1,992

9.7%

651

* These are suicides, not attempts. These numbers are overwhelmingly dominated by males because male attempts "succeed" while most female attempts do not. Note this table covers ALL U.S. suicides regardless of age. Source: www.Suicide.org

What does this tell us?

  • The number of male deaths by suicide by far exceed female deaths by a ratio of 3.7 to 1.
  • Males tend to select methods that more quickly result in death: guns (seven times as often as females do), jumping from tall bridges, hanging themselves in the woods or other places where they won't be found for several days. Males don't do this exclusively; just in greater numbers than females and the final results prove it.
  • Females might hang themselves, but in home bedrooms or dorm rooms. Likewise, by cutting shallow slashes into wrists, overdosing on sleeping pills and pain killers - at home - they have a greater chance of being found and rushed to the hospital in time to save their lives.
  • Note the numbers of deaths above under Poisons. Females of all ages are three times as likely to die by swallowing poisons.

What is Cutting?

Self-harm is the intentional self-injury to body tissue, usually without any intention of suicide. I know; I would expect it to be a warm-up or practice for suicide, too. It can be, but ordinarily is not. It is ordinarily a magnitude beneath a suicide compulsion.

Self-harm is a larger category which includes scratching, burning and branding along with cutting, where individuals habitually hurt themselves as a means of finding relief from emotional pains as well as emotional discomforts. In that sense, cutting, burning, etc are outward expressions of inward pain.

Some cutters may do their worst as a means to gain attention and as such it is a manipulative behavior done for shock value - and worth paying attention to while still recognizing the manipulation. Shock value cutting is still a cry for help. The more dangerous cutting is that kept in secret because as an unknown, the cutter is unlikely to receive counseling and treatment.

Cutting Resources: [ 1 ] [ 2 ]

Women choose different methods from males?

One likely scenario of adult female suicides is the woman who cleans her house, washes and puts the dishes away, has her hair done at a salon, purchases and puts on a brand new outfit, swallows a bottle of sleeping pills and lays down on the freshly made bed to fall forever asleep like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty.

But it does not end that way. She never anticipated vomiting up her sleeping pills all over her new dress and freshly made bed, in her hair and that is the way she will be found. It's a far cry from the princess vision in Sleeping Beauty.

A male, on the other hand, places a pistol to his head and pulls the trigger.

Which is worse? Better or worse is the wrong question. In the end, both the woman and the man are still very dead, leaving a wake of sadness behind and their own personal problems leading to the suicide, forever unresolved.

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