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 a leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for nearly 46,000 deaths in 2020.
In 2020, an estimated 12.2 million adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million made a plan, and 1.2 million attempted suicide.
Suicide rates in 2020 were 30% higher than in 2000.
Strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states prevent suicide.
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.
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs:
- Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1
- Text 838255
- Chat onlineexternal icon