Suicide Prevention Overview

As the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., suicide is a far reaching issue that affects many individuals and the people that love them. Every day, approximately 130 Americans die from suicide. Suicide and suicidality is preventable, and can be treated. 

Suicidal thoughts are often the result of an untreated mental health condition, and can impact anyone regardless of age, race, gender, or other demographic. 

Oftentimes suicide is a response to intense environmental factors and deep emotional pain. Improving social connection and life conditions can reduce the intensity of suicidal thoughts. 

Historically marginalized populations experience disproportionately high rates of suicide, often due to challenges faced in receiving culturally competent care and accessing behavioral health care, as well as experiences of discrimination and many other factors which may increase suicide risk.

Certain populations are at especially high risk of suicide:

– LGBTQ+ youth are 4 times more likely to commit suicide than straight youth

– 75% of all people who die of suicide are male

– Transgender people are 12 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population

– 50% of college students report suicidal ideation at some point in college

– Veterans have a 22% higher risk of suicide than civilians

– Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in Native American populations 

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, call or text the Samaritans or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for immediate, free, and confidential support. 

Make a safety plan and reach out to someone you trust, like a family member, friend, doctor, health care provider, or counselor for help if you or someone you love are experiencing suicidal thoughts.