Fact: Every day, approximately 108 Americans take their own life (a person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes in the United States).
Fact: People who die by suicide do not necessarily want to end their lives. They want to get rid of bad things in their lives and the feelings of hopelessness.
Fact: A suicide attempt shows that someone needs help. People who attempt suicide often think it is the only way to stop their pain. Their feelings are very real.
Fact: Most people who die by suicide have attempted suicide in the past.
Fact: You do not need to have a mental illness to think about suicide. Some people think about suicide because they do not know what else to do. But many people who attempt suicide or die by suicide have a mental illness. They may not know they have a mental illness at the time. (Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.)
Fact: Talking about suicide does not give people ideas. Talking honestly about suicide is a good way to find out if someone needs help. Talking about suicide lowers the risk of suicide.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2014)