About Suicide

Accurate data, up-to-date research, and knowledge of effective strategies and interventions are all essential to our ability to prevent suicide. This section provides information on the suicide problem and links to resources that can help you learn more.

Scope of the Problem

An overview of the magnitude and patterns of suicidal behavior in the United States

Risk and Protective Factors

Description of factors that increase suicide risk and factors that protect people from suicide

Warning Signs

Behaviors that indicate that someone may be at immediate risk of suicide and information on how to respond

Topics and Terms

Definitions of terms and concepts used in the field of suicide prevention


Information and resources addressing suicide and specific groups


Suicide prevention efforts should be conducted in multiple settings. This section will help you learn more about suicide prevention in particular settings.