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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Stone, LMHC

Suicide Facts

Updated: 5 days ago

No, that's not a typo. 2019 is the most recent year for which suicide-related data is available. During that year alone, 12 million U.S. adults surveyed reported having serious thoughts of suicide at some point that year. 12 million!

Suicide is the:

  • 2nd leading cause of death for U.S. individuals aged 10-34 (behind unintentional injury, such as car accidents and other accidental death) and

  • 4th leading cause of death for U.S. individuals aged 35-54 (behind unintentional injury, cancer, and heart disease).

Suicide is preventable. Help and treatment is available. If you are concerned about someone, share that you're worried about them and ask if they're experiencing thoughts of death, dying, or harming themselves. It *will not* put the idea on their head of it isn't already there, and it will create an opportunity them to discuss it, get support, and help them get treatment.

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text START to 741-741, or go to the nearest emergency room.

You can also get connected with a licensed mental health provider to address and reduce/eliminate suicidal thoughts with effective treatment.



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