Suicide is the act of killing yourself, most often as a result of depression or other mental illness.
In the United States, suicide accounts for about 2 percent of all deaths. Rates are highest for men over 69, but are increasing alarmingly in young people aged 15 to 24.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
What You Can Do
Suicide warning signs
Losing interest in work or school, giving away beloved possessions and withdrawing from friends can be signs someone is thinking of suicide. Learn how to recognize the danger signals.
Suicidal Youth and Their Families: Overcoming Barriers to Receiving Help
Answering the following questions: What are the common myths about suicide in children and adolescents? If I suspect my child is feeling suicidal, what should I do? How can schools and communities work together to prevent suicide?
- Suicidal Behavior in Children and Adolescents (PDF, 454KB)
- Coping After Suicide Loss (PDF, 110KB)
Speaking of Psychology: Preventing suicide
A podcast discussion on what psychologists are doing to enhance the services available to people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide.
Teen Suicide is Preventable
Teen suicide is a growing health concern. It is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24.
APA uses psychological research to advocate for systems of health and mental health care that identify and treat individuals at risk of suicide and their families.
Blog: 7 Essential Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Teen Suicide
In this post, psychologists offer parents advice on how to prevent teen suicide.
Big data help prevent Army suicides
The Army and NIMH are identifying the risk factors that can lead members of the military to commit suicide. (April 2015)
Suicide prevention is a top White House priority
A new suicide prevention app, a faith-based prevention campaign and more than $99 million in mental health grants were among the federal efforts highlighted at a White House briefing on mental health and suicide prevention. (November 2014)
A public health approach to suicide
The federally funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center offers training, publications and more. (April 2014)
Reducing rural suicide
Psychologists are finding innovative ways to reach out to people in isolated communities. (April 2014)
Suicide prevention goes to school
The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act's grant programs fund suicide prevention efforts on both college campuses and in states, territories and tribal areas. Magazine Article (April 2014)
Our opportunity to reduce suicide
Societal change on suicide requires adopting a public health perspective. (April 2014)
As U.S. suicide rates rise, Hispanics show relative immunity
October 15, 2018, NBC News
Autism can mask the warning signs of suicide
August 10, 2018, The Atlantic
Lifeline available for people with severe depression, suicidal thoughts
August 4, 2018, CNN