Suicide Causes: Q & A


Q: How many people in the USA attempt suicide each year?

A: 750,000

Q: How many people succeed?

A: 30,000

Q: What is suicide cause #1?

A: Untreated depression

Q: How does mental illness influence a person to commit suicide?

A: More than 90% of people who commit suicide have a mental illness at the time of death.

Q: Which types of people with a mental illness diagnosis are most likely to commit suicide?

A: Mental illness left untreated, including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

Q: Why do people commit suicide?

A; Their pain is intense; they want to stop their pain.

Q: Which kinds of tragic misfortune can create the depression that leads to suicide?


  • The death of a loved one.
  • A divorce, separation, or breakup of a relationship.
  • Losing custody of children, or feeling that a child custody decision is not fair.
  • A serious loss, such as a loss of a job, house, or money.
  • A serious illness.
  • A terminal illness.
  • A serious accident.

[Sources:, Suicide Causes; Suicide FAQs; Image: http://www.pills-824994_640.png (]

About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy ( blog to learn more. provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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