• Suicide Infographic

    Preventing suicide is everyone's business. As members of a family, a school, business, neighborhood, faith communities, friends, and our government, we all need to work together to solve this problem. I ask everyone to help by learning about the symptoms of mental illnesses and substance abuse, the warning signs of suicide, how to stand with and support who is in crisis, and hot to get someone you care about the help they need.

    Surgeon General Dr. Regina Bnjamin.

Every 13 minutes

a person dies by suicide in the US

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among

25-34 years olds and the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-years olds. Almost 16% of students in grades 9 to 12 report having seriously considered suicide.

Among the 1.1 million adults who attempted suicide in the past year, 752,000 (67.2%) received medical attention for their suicide attempt in the past year, and 572,000 (51.1%) stayed overnight or longer in a hospital as a result of their suicide attempt.


Adults in 2013 who were unemployed in the past year were more likely than those who were employed full time to have serious thoughts of suicide (7.0 vs 3.0%), made suicide plans (2.3 vs 0.7%), and attempt suicide (1.4 vs 0.3%)

Compared with adults with private health insurance, adults with Medicaid or CHIP had higher rates of serious thoughts of suicide (6.3 vs 3.1%), making suicide plans (1.9 vs 0.8%), and attempting suicide (1.3 vs 0.3%)

Suicide is the 2nd most common cause of death in the U.S. military

The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first days of 2012 outdistances the U.S. troops killed in action in Afghanistan by about 50%.

Lesbians, gay, bisexual and trans youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide a their non-LGBT peers.

1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9-12)

seriously considered suicide in the past year.

2 million adolescents attempts suicide annually, resulting in 500,000 ER visits.

50% of college students report suicidal thought

Among college students there are a reported 1,100 suicides per year and 50% of college students report suicidal ideation ate some time in life.

Worldwide suicide accounts for $34.6 billion in combined medical and work-loss damages yearly and a majority of violence-related injury deaths (64%).

There are 25 attempts for every death by suicide for the nation; 100-200:1 for the young; 4:1 for the elderly.


Risk Factors for Suicide

  • Mental disorders, perticularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders.
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Major physical illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or finacial loss
  • Loss of relationship
  • Easy access of lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with asking for help
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  • Lack of health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a nobal resolution of a personal dilemma
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and internet)

Untreated Mental Illness

90% of individuals who die by suicide have untreated mental illness - of these, 60% have depression.

Untreated Mental Illness

Under- treatment of mental illness is pervasive - 50-75% of those in need receive no treatment or inadequate treatment; 50-75% of children with depression go undiagnosed and untreated. 50-75% untreated.

Are some at greater risk then others?

Of every 100,000 people in each of these ethnic/racial groups, the following number died by suicide in 2013

Those at highest risk need focused intervention


  • Feeling like you want to die or to kill yourself.
  • Feeling trapped or like you cannot handle the pain.
  • Feeling hopeless or like you have no reason to live.
  • Lookinf for a way to kill yourself, such as searching for methods online or buying a gun.
  • Feeling like you can't talk to anyone and would rather be alone.
  • Drinking more alcohol and using drugs.
  • Feeling like you are a burden to others.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Feeling anxious or agitated.
  • Wanting to seek revenge.
  • Having extreme mood swings.


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Nearly one-half of the people who die by suicide have seen a primary care physician within a month of death. Primary care visits may represent an important opportunity for suicide prevention.


  • Restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide
  • Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions
  • Effective clinical care for mental, physical and substance use disorders.
  • Strong connections to family and community support.
  • Support through ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
  • Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and handling problems in a non-violent way.
  • Cultural and religious beliefs and discourage suicide and supprt self-preservation