National Suicide Prevention Week

Sept. 10-16 marks National Suicide Prevention Week, a time to further our understanding of suicide and prevention. Here are some resources and learning opportunities to help you do that:

Suicide Facts & Figures

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of deaths by suicide increased 2.6% from 2021 to 2022. Here is some additional information about suicide in America from Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE):

  • In 2021, 48,183 Americans died by suicide.
  • Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Every day, approximately 132 Americans die by suicide.
  • There is one suicide death in the U.S. every 10.9 minutes.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-old Americans.
  • The highest suicide rates (per 100,000) in the U.S. are among white males (26.4), followed by American Indian/Alaska Native males (25) and Black males (14.1).
  • There is one suicide death for every estimated 25 attempts.
  • There are approximately 1,204,575 annual attempts in the U.S. (using 25:1 ratio), or one attempt every 26.2 seconds.

Learn more and access available resources:

Suicide Prevention Awareness

Bring attention to suicide prevention this month by downloading:

    Suicide Prevention & Crisis Response

    The launch of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline on July 16, 2022, marked a turning point in mental health and substance use awareness and support in America. Learn more from SAMHSA:

    Explore the National Council’s 988 Lifeline resources and content:

    Opportunities for Impact

    Make a mark this month and throughout the year:

    Read our thought leadership to educate others:

    For Immediate Help

    If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988 immediately. You can also chat with the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at