Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. There are many factors that contribute to suicide. The goal of suicide prevention is to reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience.
Ideally, prevention occurs at all levels: individual, relationship, community, and society. Strategies with the best available evidence pdf icon[PDF – 62 pages] exist and can be used to promote awareness and encourage a commitment to social change.
Factsheet, Definitions, Statistics & Consequences
Strategies to help states and communities prevent suicide
Articles, publications, and data sources
This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide.
Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- Use the online Lifeline Crisis Chatexternal icon.
Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.
For more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifelineexternal icon.