The most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization to compile the following list of suicide facts. 

 General Statistics (USA)

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)

  • Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)

  • There is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes. (CDC)

  • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)

  • Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year. (CDC)

  • The highest suicide rates in the US are among Whites, American Indians and Alaska Natives.

  • Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)

  • 80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. (TAPS study)

  • An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors (AAS).

  • There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts. (CDC)

  • There is one suicide for every estimated 4 suicide attempts in the elderly. (CDC) 

Global Statistics

  • Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-24 years.

  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

9 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life

  • Meditation reduces stress.

  • It improves concentration. ...

  • It encourages a healthy lifestyle.

  • The practice increases self-awareness. ...

  • It increases happiness.

  • Meditation increases acceptance. ...

  • It slows aging.

  • The practice benefits cardiovascular and immune health.

  • Reduces and eliminates stress, anxiety, and depression

Different Types of Environmental Pollution

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Pollution is one of the largest problems face by our planet in recent times. Learn about the various types of pollution in the environment by going through the following paragraphs.

Environmental pollution is definitely a serious threat for the entire world in this age of development and industrialization. The pollution levels in developed cities are rising at an alarming pace. Environmental protection is the need of the hour, and countries across the world are working on developing technologies, and imposing certain restrictions to reduce or control this grave problem. There have been many summits at the international level between executives and ministers of different nations, to discuss and plan strategies for reducing of all kinds of pollution.

Air Pollution
The disturbances caused to the composition of the air due to contamination of the atmosphere by human activities is known as air pollution. Release of poisonous gases in the atmosphere because of vehicles, construction activities, volcanic eruptions, smoke from industries, etc., are major causes of air pollution. It can cause serious health problems, and hence, it is becomes important to have strict rules and regulations to control the contamination of air. Mass education about the ill effects of air pollution can help to reduce it.

Water Pollution
The degradation and contamination of water by harmful chemicals and waste matter is termed as water pollution. Chemical factories and manufacturing plants have caused excessive dumping of chemical waste into water bodies, rendering the water useless for human needs. Consumption of such water can be harmful for the public health. Though there are laws regarding water pollution, much needs to be done in this regard, to maintain environmental balance and beauty.

Noise pollution
Any kind of undesirable and loud noise, which can be disturbing for human beings, as well as for other animals, and causes health hazards, is known as noise pollution. This problem is caused mainly due to the noise of airplanes, automobiles, machinery, construction activities, crowds, etc. This can be especially dangerous for patients in critical conditions. Declaring silence zones at appropriate places, and proper implementation of the rules can help to lower the adverse effects of noise pollution greatly.

Soil Pollution
Contamination of the soil or land because of improper or incorrect agricultural techniques, dumping of chemical wastes by factories and industries, etc., are some of the sources of soil pollution. Deforestation in huge amounts is also equally responsible for soil pollution. Certain mining activities are also believed to cause this problem.

More Types of Pollution

  • Radioactive Pollution:It is mainly caused by the improper handling of nuclear waste, accidents in nuclear power plants and uranium mining.

  • Marine Pollution:It results due to contamination of the marine water bodies, and causes a drastic and long-term impact on the marine flora and fauna, as well as on humans. Main sources of this problem are due to excessive use of pesticides for agricultural purposes, crude oil leakage, factory sewage, etc.

  • Thermal Pollution:It is characterized by excessive heat, and is mainly the result of deforestation and power plants.

  • Personal Pollution:This means the harmful effects of a bad and improper lifestyle on the human body, which can lead to diseases and disorders. Smoking, drinking, and irregular eating habits are the main causes of personal pollution.



  • The National Center on Family Homelessness reported that more than 2.5 million children in the United States are homeless each year. This represents one in every 30 children in the United States. (America’s Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness, 2014)

  • The age distribution of homeless children in the U.S. is estimated at 51% under age 6. (America’s Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness, 2014)

  • Families with children make up 40% of the people in this country who experience homelessness. (Family Promise National 2015 Annual Report)

  • More than 45 million people live below the poverty line of $24,300 for a family of four. (Family Promise National 2015 Annual Report)

  • Almost half of all children dealing with the trauma and stress of homelessness are under 6 years old.  (Family Promise National 2015 Annual Report)

  • Georgia ranks 49/50 (50 being the worst) in the risk for child homelessness. See report card here – Georgia – pg 33. (America’s Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness, 2014)

  • The 2010 Census data shows that Georgia’s poverty rate was the third highest in the country with Gwinnett County having almost 14% of its population living below the poverty.

  • Gwinnett County has the 3rd highest total homeless population in the state of Georgia, following the City of Atlanta (Fulton) and Chatham counties. (Georgia Department of Community Affairs, 2015 Report on Homelessness)

  • In May 2016, the Gwinnett County School system had approximately 1,943 known homeless students. (Gwinnett County Public School Homeless Liaison)

  • In 2016, 54% of all Gwinnett County school children were eligible for free or reduced lunches. That’s almost 96,000 children, enough to fill over 1,370 school buses. (

  • Children without a home are twice as likely as other children to experience hunger, to become sick with moderate to severe health problems, to repeat a grade, to be expelled, suspended or to drop out of school and fewer than 25% graduate from high school, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness. (America’s Youngest Outcasts 2009)

                            10 FACTS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS

BY Bill Quigley

Law Professor, Loyola University New Orleans

Fact 1: Over half a million people are homeless. On any given night, there are over 600,000 homeless people in the U.S., according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most people are spending the night either in homeless shelters or in some sort of short-term transitional housing. Slightly more than a third are living in cars or under bridges or are in some other way living unsheltered.

Fact 2: One quarter of homeless people are children. HUD reports that on any given night, over 138,000 of the homeless in the U.S. are children under the age of 18. Thousands of these homeless children are unaccompanied, according to HUD. Another federal program, No Child Left Behind, defines “homeless children” more broadly and includes not just those living in shelters or transitional housing but those who are sharing the housing of other persons due to economic hardship; living in cars, parks, bus or train stations; or awaiting foster-care placement. Under this definition, the National Center for Homeless Education reported in September 2014 that local school districts reported there are over 1 million homeless children in public schools.

Fact 3: Tens of thousands of veterans are homeless. Over 57,000 veterans are homeless each night, according to HUD. Sixty percent of them are in shelters, the rest unsheltered. Nearly 5,000 are female.

Fact 4: Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness among women.According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), more than 90 percent of homeless women are victims of severe physical or sexual abuse, and escaping that abuse is a leading cause of their homelessness.

Fact 5: Many people are homeless because they cannot afford rent. The lack of affordable housing is a primary cause of homelessness, according to the NLCHP. HUD has seen its budget slashed by over 50 percent in recent decades, resulting in the loss of 10,000 units of subsidized low-income housing each and every year.

Fact 6: There are fewer places for poor people to rent than before. According to the NLCHP, one eighth of the nation’s supply of low-income housing has been permanently lost since 2001. The U.S. needs at least 7 million more affordable apartments for low-income families, and as a result, millions of families spend more than half of their monthly income on rent.

Fact 7: In the last few years millions have lost their homes. Over 5 million homeshave been foreclosed on since 2008; that’s one out of every 10 homes with a mortgage. This has caused even more people to search for affordable rental property.

Fact 8: The government does not help as much as you think. There is enough public rental assistance to help about one out of every four extremely low-income households. Those who do not receive help are on multi-year waiting lists. For example, Charlotte just opened up their applications for public housing assistance for the first time in 14 years, and over 10,000 people applied.

Fact 9: One in five homeless people suffers from untreated severe mental illness.While about 6 percent of the general population suffers from severe mental illness, 20 to 25 percent of the homeless suffer from severe mental illness, according to government studies. Half of this population self-medicate and are at further risk for addiction and poor physical health. A University of Pennsylvania study tracking nearly 5,000 homeless people for two years discovered that investing in comprehensive health support and treatment of physical and mental illnesses is less costly than incarceration, shelter and hospital services for the untreated homeless.

Fact 10: Cities are increasingly making homelessness a crime. A 2014 survey of 187 cities by the NLCHP found that 24 percent of cities make it a city-wide crime to beg in public, 33 percent make it illegal to stand around or loiter anyplace in the city, 18 percent make it a crime to sleep anywhere in public, 43 percent make it illegal to sleep in your car, and 53 percent make it illegal to sit or lie down in particular public places. And the number of cities criminalizing homelessness is steadily increasing.

For more information, look to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, whose publications were very helpful with this piece, as well as the National Center for Homeless Education and the National Coalition on the Homeless.