Suicide Resources


Consequences Articles:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). Available from
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 17-5044, NSDUH Series H-52). Retrieved from https://www. icon
  • Brent D. (2010). What family studies teach us about suicidal behavior: implications for research, treatment, and prevention.  Eur Psychiatry 25(5):260–263.
  • Jordan J. (2001). Is suicide bereavement different? A reassessment of the literature. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 31(1): 91–102.
  • American Association for Suicidology. Surviving after suicide factsheet pdf icon[139 KB, 3 Pages, Print Only]external icon.
  • Berman, AL. (2011). Estimating the population of survivors of suicide: Seeking an evidence base. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 41(1), 110–116.
  • Crosby AE, Sacks JJ. (1994). Exposure to suicide: Incidence and association with suicidal ideation and behavior – United States, 1994. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 32:321–328.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWRs):

Risk and Protective Factors Articles:



Fact Sheets:


CDC Data Sources

  • National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP)
    NEISS-AIP provides nationally representative data about all types and causes of nonfatal injuries treated in United States hospital emergency departments. CDC uses NEISS-AIP data to generate national estimates of nonfatal injuries, including those related to self-harm.
  • National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)
    NAMCS collects data on the utilization and provision of ambulatory care services in hospital emergency and outpatient departments.
  • National Inpatient Sample (NIS)external icon
    The NIS is a database of hospital inpatient stays used to identify, track, and analyze national trends in health care utilization, access, charges, quality, and outcomes including injuries from suicide attempts.
  • National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)
    CDC funds the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to gather, share, and link state-level data on violent deaths. NVDRS provides CDC and states with a more complete understanding of violent deaths. This enables policy makers and community leaders to make informed decisions about violence prevention programs, including those that address suicide.
  • The National Vital Statistics System
    The National Vital Statistics System is the oldest and most successful example of inter-governmental data sharing. This system includes nationwide data on deaths due to all causes, including suicide.
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
    CDC’s YRBSS monitors health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems, including suicide attempts and related behaviors, among 9th through 12th grade students in the United States.

Leading Causes:

Suicide Mapping:

Other Federal Data Sources

Non-Federal Data Sources

CDC Resources

  • Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event
    CDC’s Web page on mental health during and after a disaster includes information on coping with the stress that results from natural and manmade traumatic events.
  • Suicide and Violence Prevention among Gay and Bisexual Men
    This CDC Web page provides suicide prevention resources and information for gay, bisexual, and other men who might encounter homophobia, harassment, and violent acts.
  • Suicide Rising Across the US: CDC Vital Signs Report
    This Vital Signs web page includes an MMWR Early Release on state suicide trends and circumstances contributing to suicide, a graphic factsheet and website, a media release, and social media tools featuring the topic of suicide.
  • Mental Health
    This page provides information on all of CDC’s work related to mental health.
  • Suicide in Rural America
    CDC’s web page on suicide in rural areas provides reports, a policy brief, a press release, and suicide prevention resources.
  • Injury Center Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)
    CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s web page that contains information about funding opportunity announcements.
  • Actionable Knowledge series
    This is a series of products developed through the Rapid Synthesis and Translation Process (RSTP). The products are meant to place greater emphasis on actionable knowledge rooted in science and made accessible, useful, and relevant for application in the field.

Other Federal Resources

Additional Online Resources

Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?
Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.

For more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifelineexternal icon.

Page last reviewed: September 6, 2018