In 2012 (the most recent year for which full data are available), 40,600 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. In that year, someone in the country died by suicide every 12.9 minutes.
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Risk factors for suicide are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take her or his life. Suicide risk tends to be highest when someone has several risk factors at the same time.
Our effectiveness in preventing suicide ultimately depends on more fully understanding how and why suicide occurs.
Frequently asked questions about suicide.
In an Emergency, Contact:
- Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Psychiatric hospital walk-in clinic
- Hospital emergency room
- Urgent care center/clinic
- Call 911
Would you like to help us reduce the number of people who die by suicide each year? If so, become a suicide prevention advocate today.
2012 Advocacy Forum
The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA) is a part of a nationwide State-Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program.
AFSP recognizes that health care reform and mental health parity laws and regulations will increase access to mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery support services for millions of Americans. As this can have a significant impact on reducing the number of suicides that occur in the United States annually, AFSP urges Congress and the Obama Administration to ensure mental health parity is a reality by implementing and enforcing the law.