Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 48,000 people each year.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.

According to the CDC, 1 in 10 people have thought about taking their life at some point during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is help, and you do not have to go through this alone!

If you are thinking about ending your life or need emotional support now, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is available 24/7 across the United States. Call or text 988 or visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Website now.

“Suicide doesn’t end the chances of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of it ever getting any better.” - Anonymous Survivor

  • If you know someone who is feeling hopeless or is talking about suicide, you can be the difference when it comes to saving his or her life.
  • Know the signs:
    • Talking about feeling empty, hopeless or having no way out of problems
    • Social withdrawal and isolation
    • Giving away personal items and wrapping up loose ends
    • Saying goodbye to friends and family
    • Talking about dying or wanting to die
  • How you can help:
    • Do not leave them alone. Call 911 or your local emergency number right away! Encourage the person to call a suicide prevention hotline number. In the United States, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (1-800) 273-TALK (800-273-8255) to speak with a trained counselor.
    • Offer support and assist them by researching treatment options or making phone calls to locate a professional who can help.
    • Encourage them to seek treatment from a support group, doctor, crisis center, faith community or mental health provider.
  • Build a network of supportive people:
    • Although it does not always feel this way, the more trusting relationships you have with others, the lower your risk for suicide.
  • Create a safety plan:
    • One way to combat risk of suicide is to create a safety plan. On a day when you do not have thoughts or desires of ending your life, reflect on any thoughts, triggering circumstances or feelings you typically experience on days you do feel suicidal. Then, brainstorm some things you can do or strategies you can use to notice these things early on and prevent yourself from getting to that place.
  • Connect with a therapist or support group:
    • Speaking to a caring and trained professional individually or in a group setting with others can really help. Check out our Connect With a Professional Page to find providers in your area.

More information and ideas about how to “help yourself”.