Suicide causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. On average, 112 Americans die by suicide each day. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds and more than 9.4 million adults in the United States had serious thoughts of suicide within the past 12 months. But suicide is preventable, so it's important to know what to do. For more information, go to:
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Developing and maintaining a strong support system is an important step for anyone affected by suicide. Equipping family and friends with skills for creating a sustainable, supportive environment can make you and your loved ones feel more effectively supported. Organizations like NAMI provide advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.