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.
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.
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