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.
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.
- Call or text 988
- Chat at 988lifeline.org
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.
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs:
- Call 988 then press 1
- Text 838255
- Chat online