By Ryan Mutter, Sean Lynch, Mir M. Ali, Brent Gibbons, Richard McKeon, and Christopher Carroll
August 10, 2016
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. From 2000 to 2014, it was the third most common cause of death among 10 to 24 year olds, the second most common cause of death among 25 to 34 year olds, and the tenth most common cause of death for all ages. The medical and work-loss costs of completed suicide are estimated to be over $51 billion. Suicide can have a devastating effect on the family and friends of the deceased. Depending on their relationship to a person who has committed suicide, those left behind are at greater risk for mental illness, substance use, and suicide.