There are an average of 123 suicides each day in this country. It’s the tenth leading cause of death in America — second leading for ages 25-34, and third leading for ages 15-241.
People have become more comfortable talking about their mental health, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the topic of suicide – when it comes up – is still scary for many people to think about.
By offering immediate counseling to everyone who may need it, local call/crisis centers like United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline provide invaluable support at critical times and connect individuals to local services.
Last year, 2-1-1 Texas received 91,338 requests for assistance for mental health and addictions: of those. 17,656 were calls for crisis intervention and suicide2.
Here’s a look at the impact across the U.S.:
- 78% of all people who die by suicide are male.
- Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4 times more likely to die by suicide.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.
- Veteran suicides make up about 14 percent of total suicides in America4.
- 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.
Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group:
- 4.8% of all adults.
- 11.8% of young adults aged 18-25.
- 18.8% of high school students.
- 46.8% of lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students.
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for people held in local jails.
Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can take to help others. Also, please spread the word about the United Way 2-1-1 Helpline as an important resource. It’s a helpline and a lifeline. Sometimes literally.
- 9/9/20 through 9/8/21