Suicide Prevention

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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.


Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for more than 47,500 deaths in 2019.

12 million

In 2019, 12 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.5 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide.


Suicide rates in the United States have increased about 33% from 1999 to 2019.

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Talk to Someone Now
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Need help? Know someone who does?

  • Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • Use the online Lifeline Chatexternal icon
  • Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.
Do you know a veteran in crisis?
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Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs:

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

Coping with Stress

Everyone—adults, teens, and even children, experiences stress. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress and getting the right care and support can help reduce stressful feelings and symptoms. Find tips for parents, kids and teens, and school personnel.