Suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined.


General

  • In 2018 there were 48,344 reported suicide deaths.
  • Currently, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Every day, approximately 132 Americans take their own life.
  • Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
  • There are 3.56 male suicides for every female suicide, but 1.5 times as many females as males attempt suicide.
  • According to the latest available data 575,000 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm.
  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 10 and 34 years in the United States.
The best way to prevent suicide is through early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and other mental health conditions.

Be part of The Overnight and walk with thousands - over 16 miles, from dusk till dawn - to raise funds and awareness for one of our nation's most important causes.

Find more facts at afsp.org or call 888-333-AFSP.

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report for 2018, retrieved March 1, 2020.

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