By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 00:00 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 00:00 GMT, 3 December 2019
Suicides that involve guns are fatal nine times out of 10, a new study reveals.
Researchers at Harvard University found that while firearms are used in the least number of suicidal acts, they result in far and away more deaths.
Suicide has climbed the ranks of causes of death in the US to be come the 10th leading cause of fatalities among adults in the US, trailing just behind kidney diseases.
The study authors found that the use of a gun was the main predictor of variation in rates of suicide across the nation.
Guns are used in less than 10 percent of suicide attempts, but they lead to deaths almost 90 percent of the time they're used, a staggering Harvard study reveals
There are more guns than people in the US.
It's an often cited statistic, but a growing body of research points to the correspondence between firearm availability and suicide rates.
And that discovery comes as rates of suicide march ever-higher.
In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
That number marked a 33 percent increase over suicide rates in the US in 1999.
Experts warn that access to a means of