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 a leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for over 48,000 deaths in 2021.

12.3 Million

In 2021, an estimated 12.3 million adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.5 million made a plan, and 1.7 million attempted suicide.

2.6% Higher

Provisional 2022 data show that suicide deaths increased by 2.6% between 2021-2022. Click here to access provisional data.

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Strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states prevent suicide.

Suicide Prevention Resource for Action

Talk to Someone Now

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

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:

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.