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Question, glennnn (on your recent post 15): where does one find a given college's suicide rate? I have been following college admissions a long time and as far as I know there is no reliable source for this information. Colleges are not required to post a suicide rate in their common data sets.
Suicides are usually reported via news releases and campus communications. You might be able to determine how many suicides have occurred over a given period of time at a specific school. I personally would not be comfortable, though, in using that number to decide that a given school is a factor in student suicide, or certainly that a given school constitutes a higher risk of suicide for an individual student. Many schools that have experienced suicides in the past have established strong mental health resources.
I had occasion yesterday to look up suicide rates by gender and was shocked at how much more common suicide is for males than females in all age brackets. I knew it was higher, but not by a factor of 4 or more, depending on the age bracket.
Suicide is the NUMBER ONE killer of freshman students and more people need to be aware of this problem
Could you cite the source for this, glennnn? I have read that accidents are the number one cause of death for college freshmen and non-college students in this age bracket alike.