Suicide

Suicide is a deliberate attempt to end one’s life.

At-Risk Populations

Suicide attempts are three times more likely among females, who are twice as likely to experience depression as males. Completed suicides are more 4 times likely among males, who tend to use more lethal means, such as guns. data The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has also recognized the following populations as demonstrating a higher risk of suicide than the general population:

  • American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • People bereaved by suicide
  • People in justice and child welfare settings
  • People who intentionally hurt themselves (non-suicidal self-injury)
  • People who have previously attempted suicide
  • People with medical conditions
  • People with mental and/or substance use disorders
  • People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender
  • Members of the military and veterans
  • Men in midlife and older men

What you should do

  • Know suicide risk and preventive factors and local support services; more
  • Let yourself and others know that professional help to deal with depression can prevent suicide;
  • Suicide-proof your home; more
  • Look for the warning signs of suicide.
  • Consider enrolling in an evidence-based suicide prevention training that will teach you how to help someone at risk of suicide:

If you or someone you know is in crisis, seek immediate help

What we are doing

Emergency Help

  • 911
  • The Samaritans at
    401-272-4044
    or 800- 365-4044
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline
    800-273-TALK
    800-273-8255

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