Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S. Additionally, the overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999. We have the power to change these statistics. The first step is reaching out to our loved ones. Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.
If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. Additional information and resources can also be found online at: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Always call 9-1-1 if you or another person is experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency or may be a danger to themselves or someone else.