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Suicide prevention


Do you need help or do you know someone who does? Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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

For more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Download a postcard with a list of suicide warning signs here.

Suicide statistics:

Suicide affects everyone: families, friends, health care providers, school personnel, faith communities, and workplaces. Consider these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control:

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages.

Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide.

There is one death by suicide in the United States every 12 minutes.

Depression affects 20% to 25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year.

Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year.

The good news is that suicide is preventable. The even better news is that although the warning signs of suicide are not always easy to see, if you become familiar with common things to watch for, you can help save a life.

Possible warning signs of suicide:

  • Putting affairs in order
  • Withdrawal
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Giving away possessions
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless, desperate
  • No sense of purpose
  • Talking about wanting to die or to commit suicide
  • Reckless behavior
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Showing rage or talking about revenge
  • Sudden mood changes

If you or a loved one shows any of the warning signs of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).

Download a postcard with a list of suicide warning signs here.