Suicide Prevention Month 2021

Suicide is a public health crisis. Consider these facts:

75% of all people who die by suicide are male.

Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4x more likely to die by suicide.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34. 

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.

The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999.

46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition.

While half of individuals who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental health condition, research shows that 90% experienced symptoms.

What Can You Do to Prevent Suicide?

If you or someone you love is experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis, there is help. 

  • Call 911 for emergencies.
  • National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
  • The LA County Department of Mental Health Crisis Hotline is open 24/7: 800-854-7771
  • The Crisis Text Line: text NAMI to 741741
  • CA Youth Crisis line: 800-843-5200.

Our suicide prevention guide includes warning signs, risk factors, information for how support someone in a crisis, and links to more resources.

If you are a middle school or high school student, or a parent of a student or educator, request our Ending the Silence presentation at your school; our trained presenters share valuable mental health information and perspectives.

Talk about mental health to help end stigma.

Join NAMI’s Ask the Expert Webinar: Suicide Prevention During COVID and Beyond — Science, Grassroots & Solutions on Thursday, September 23 at 1 pm PT. Register here.