A great deal of attention is paid to homicide in our country. I see many more reports of murder in the news media than I do suicide. Very few suicides even make the news media and these reports are hardly ever the focus. It is interesting to note that there are almost twice as many suicides in the U.S. each year as there are homicides as seen in Table 2 of this CDC report.

This post describes how risks are assessed and in particular how the media can distort very small risks.