Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

Preventing Suicidal Behavior

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Fatal (Suicide)

  • There are over 600 suicides a year in Minnesota.
  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Minnesotans age 15 to 34, after motor vehicle crashes.
  • Minnesota records nearly seven suicides for every homicide.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)
  • Poisoning is the most common method of suicide for females. (CDC)

Population Groups Most Affected

  • Suicide among males is 4X's higher than among females. Male deaths represent 79% of all US suicides. (CDC)
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for age 15 to 24 in the US. (CDC)
  • The highest suicide rates in the US are among Whites, American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • Roughly 22 military veterans are committing suicide per day. (VA Affairs study)

What is Depression?

Depression is a recognizable and treatable illness. Treating depression helps people lead happier, healthier lives. It can also save lives. Depression is a medical illness of the brain that affects moods, thoughts, feelings, behavior and physical health. Unlike the blues, depression lasts longer than a couple weeks and won't go away with positive thinking or determination. Depression needs treatment. Treating depression is the most effective way to prevent suicide.

Treating Depression

  • 80-90% of adolescents that seek treatment for depression are successfully treated using therapy and/or medication. (TADS study)
  • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)
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