Suicide

Suicide causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. On average, 132 Americans die by suicide each day and this is the tenth leading cause of death. In 2020, 1.4 million Americans attempted suicide and 48,344 Americans died by suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-34 and fourth leading cause of death for ages 35-54. Ninety percent of those who died by suicide had a diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death.

Know the Risk Factors

Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. The risk factors can't cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they are important to be aware of.

  • Co-occuring mental and alcohol or substance abuse disorders

  • Hopelessness

  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies

  • History of trauma, physical or sexual abuse

  • Major physical illnesses

  • Previous suicide attempt(s)

  • Family history of suicide

  • Job or financial loss

  • Stigma associated with asking for help

  • Same-sex sexual orientation (only shown for suicidal behavior, not suicide)

  • Impaired parent-child relationships

  • Life stressors

  • Lack of involvement in school and/or work ("drifting")

  • Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment

  • Relationship loss

  • Easy access to lethal means

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