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.
Advocates for suicide prevention can and do make a difference. By educating the public, they change the way people think and talk about suicide and mental illness. By educating leaders and communities, they help to shape new laws and policies.
2012 Advocacy Forum
The Annual Advocacy Forum is AFSP's single largest effort to educate federal officials about suicide and the ways they can help to prevent it.