Years Suicide among young people is a serious but preventable public health problem in the United States. Practitioners should be aware of the increased use and high lethality of suffocation as a suicide method so they can accurately assess risk and educate families about reducing access to highly lethal means and the importance of not leaving those at risk for suicide alone.
Early prevention of suicidal thoughts and behavior is critical. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among persons aged 10-24 years in the United States. Firearm, suffocation (includes hanging), and poisoning are the three most common mechanisms.