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 the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741 to reach a Crisis Text Line counselor.

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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