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


  • In 2020 there were 45,979 reported suicide deaths.
  • Currently, suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Every day, approximately 130 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 3.88 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.
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.

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Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report for 2020, retrieved February 17, 2022.

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