In the United States, suicide claims the lives of more people than homicide and HIV combined. In addition, 1 million adults attempt suicide every year. Suicide touches everyone—all ages and backgrounds, all racial and ethnic groups, in all parts of the country. And the emotional toll on those left behind endures long after the event.
There is help—and hope—when individuals, organizations, and communities join forces to address suicide as a preventable public health problem. Over the past 20 years, suicide death rates among youth have declined by 40% and among older adults by 33%. Using a public health approach, we can reduce the suicide toll among all age groups. By drawing on research and implementing effective interventions, we can save lives.
In this section of our website, you will find basic information about suicide prevention. You may wish to explore other sections of our website to learn more.
This page has information about the scope of the problem. It includes definitions of key words, statistics, and risk and protective factors associated with suicidal behavior.
This page has information about the public health approach to suicide prevention. This section introduces key steps in a strategic action planning process. It also lists ways to take action to prevent suicide within your community.
On this page, you will learn more about resources available to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
This page contains links to fact sheets for individuals in various settings and roles. Each contains guidance in reducing the risk of suicide among those with whom they come in contact.
Here you will find a list of selected organizations and agencies which can provide information and resources on suicide prevention.