Be there to help prevent suicide

Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. Suicide is more than a mental health concern.

A CDC study showed that a range of factors contribute to suicide among those with and without known mental health conditions. Everyone can help prevent suicide by knowing the warning signs and where to get help.


  • The facts about suicide

    Suicide is a public health problem because of its far-reaching effects:

    • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for more than 48,000 deaths in 2018.
    • In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide.
    • People who have experienced violence, including child abuse, bullying, or sexual violence are at higher risk for suicide.

    Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. You can #BeThere and #BeThe1To help a friend, loved one, or coworker. Everyone can learn the warning signs and how to get help.

  • What to watch for

    Individual, relationship, community, and societal factors may influence the risk of suicide. Know the suicide warning signs including:

    • Feeling like a burden
    • Being isolated
    • Increased anxiety
    • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
    • Increased substance use
    • Looking for a way to access lethal means
    • Increased anger or rage
    • Extreme mood swings
    • Expressing hopelessness
    • Sleeping too little or too much
    • Talking or posting about wanting to die
    • Making plans for suicide
  • How to get help

    Safeguard the people in your life from the risk of suicide and support them:

    • Ask.
    • Keep them safe.
    • Be there.
    • Help them connect. You can start with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).
    • Follow up.

    Find out how these actions can save a life by visiting www.BeThe1To.comexternal icon.

    Everyone can play a part in preventing suicide!

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