Suicide is an Urgent Public Health Problem in America

Screening tools can connect people to treatment and save lives

Suicide is an Urgent Public Health Problem in America

If you or someone you know needs help, please call or text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 or visit 988lifeline.org and click on the chat button.

More than 47,000 people die by suicide each year. Suicide was the 12th-leading cause of death in the country in 2020. From 1999 to 2019, the suicide rate increased 33% across all sexes, races, and ethnicities.
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