A person dies from suicide every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and more than 800,000 people around the world die by suicide each year. Despite its prevalence, suicide can be difficult to discuss and many people may be in the dark about this sensitive topic. Learn more facts about this growing public health issue with the help of this infographic.

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Suicide prevention

If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm or hurting another person:

  • Call 911 or your local emergency number.
  • Stay with the person until help arrives.
  • Remove any guns, knives, medications, or other things that may cause harm.
  • Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell.

If you think someone is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide prevention hotline.

If you live in the United States, try the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).

Befrienders Worldwide and the International Association for Suicide Prevention are two organizations that provide contact information for crisis centers outside of the United States.

Stop a Suicide Today, a program developed by the non-profit organization Screening for Mental Health Inc., is another helpful resource.