Get the Facts
- Someone dies by suicide every 15 minutes.
- In 2007, more than 34,000 Americans took their own lives.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds,
- Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 25- to 44-year-olds
- Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death among 45- to 64-year-olds.
- Death rates are highest for people between the ages of 45 and 54 (about 17 per 100,000).
- Women in the 45 to 54 age group are at greater risk for suicide
- Men over the age of 75 are at greatest risk of suicide.
The number of deaths from suicide reflects only a small portion of the impact of suicidal behavior.
- In 2007, 165,997 people were hospitalized following suicide attempts.
- More than 395,320 were treated in hospital emergency departments for self-inflicted injuries
Suicide Warning Signs
The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibit any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling the Lifeline.
Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
Talking about being a burden to others.
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
Sleeping too little or too much.
Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
Displaying extreme mood swings.