About Suicide and Prevention
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the united states in 2018.
There were an estimated 1.4 million suicide attempts in the United States.
In 2018, firearms accounted for 50.57% of all suicide deaths in the United States.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-34 years in the world.
There are 3.6 male suicide deaths for every female death by suicide.
In the United States an estimated quarter-million people each year become suicide survivors.
Helpful Links and Tools
- International Association for Suicide Prevention – Lists crisis centers & lines in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America.
- Samaritans – 116 123 (UK) | 116 123 (ROI): UK-based helpline for mental health support, suicide prevention, and other issues.
- Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14: Australian crisis support and suicide prevention. Offers online support chat as well as phone chat.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255: American crisis support and suicide prevention.
- Trans Life Line – 877-565-8860 (US) | 877-330-6366 (CANADA): Crisis support line staffed by transgender volunteers offering support for transgender people. Available 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. PST.
- The Trevor Project – 1-866-488-7386: American crisis support and suicide prevention for LGBT youth ages 13-24.
- Veterans Crisis Hot Line – Call 1-800-273-8255, Text 838255: Support line for U.S veterans, staffed 24/7 by Department of Veterans Affairs responders. Online chat is also available.
- Crisis Text Line(Canada) – Text 686868: Canadian message-based crisis support and suicide prevention
Self Care Tools
- Everything is Awful and I’m Not Okay: A one-page, printable list of questions to ask yourself when you’re feeling bad.
- Self-Care Starter Kit: University at Buffalo’s guide to starting a self-care routine that prioritizes wellness.
Apps and Other Tools
- 5 Minute Journal (iOS, Android): Daily journal for gratitude, positive reflections, and photos.
- BoosterBuddy (iOS, Android) Game-based self-care app offering self-care, medication and appointment reminders, mood tracking, and games to improve coping skills and socialization.
- Calm (Web, iOS, Android): Guided meditations accompanied by natural soundscapes.
- Calm Harm (Android, iOS): DBT-based app designed to help users manage the urge to self-harm.
- Daylio (iOS, Android): Daily mood tracker and microjournal.
- DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach (iOS): Coaching and ongoing support for users who are currently engaged in DBT with a therapist.
- Habitica (Web, iOS, Android): Gamified habit tracker and to-do list. Includes monthly self-care challenges from Take This.
- Headspace (iOS, Android): Paid guided meditation program.
- Mightier (Web): Paid clinically based games for kids with ADHD, ODD, or anxiety.
- MindShift (iOS, Android): Anxiety resources and coaching for teens and young adults.
- SleepCycle (iOS, Android): Sleep tracking and alarm clock.
- SuperBetter (Web, iOS, Android): Gamified app designed to increase resilience and encourage good habits.
- Stress and Anxiety Companion: Simplified CBT tools for dealing with anxiety and stress.
- Virtual Hope Box: Provides coping methods and tools for veterans and others. Designed for the U.S. Department of Defense.
- What’s Up (iOS, Android): CBT and ACT-based tools for dealing with anxiety and depression.