#BeThere to Help Prevent Suicide

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Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities.

A CDC study showed that a range of factors contribute to suicide among those with and without known mental health conditions. Everyone can help prevent suicide by knowing the warning signs and where to get help.

The Facts About Suicide

Suicide is a public health problem because of its far-reaching effects:

  • Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for over 48,000 deaths in 2021.
  • In 2021, an estimated 12.3 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.5 million made a plan for suicide, and 1.7 million attempted suicide.
  • People who have experienced violence, including child abuse, bullying, or sexual violence are at higher risk for suicide.
  • In 2021, suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 25-34 years.

Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. You can #BeThere and #BeThe1To to help a friend, loved one, or coworker. Everyone can learn the warning signs and how to get help.

Learn what CDC is doing for Suicide Prevention

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Partner Resources

CDC has developed the Suicide Prevention Resource for Action that provides the best available evidence for suicide prevention.

The Prevention Resource informs a comprehensive, multi-level and multi-sectoral approach within communities and states.

Learn more about how to #BeThere

What to Watch For

Individual, relationship, community, and societal factors may influence the risk of suicide. Know the suicide warning signs including:

  • Feeling like a burden
  • Being isolated
  • Increased anxiety
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance use
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide
Need help? Know someone who does?

Contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline if you are experiencing mental health-related distress or are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Connect with a trained crisis counselor. 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365.

Visit the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for more information at 988lifeline.org.

How to Get Help
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Safeguard the people in your life from the risk of suicide and support them:

  • Ask.
  • Keep them safe.
  • Be there.
  • Help them connect. You can start with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (call or text 988, or chat at 988lifeline.org).
  • Follow up.

Find out how these actions can save a life by visiting www.BeThe1To.com.

Everyone can play a part in preventing suicide!