In a world where we are taught to preserve life, it’s difficult to comprehend when someone we care about ends his or her life. Sometimes we don’t understand what could have been so painful to lead someone to suicide. Other people watched loved ones struggle with mental illness, feeling helpless. To battle the stigma of suicide, we offer comprehensive information about what suicide is, who it affects, and how we can help people find hope again.
Until suicide touches our lives, we often don’t know how many people die by it nor do we know what it means or any of its history. Read more in this section to learn about what suicide is, how it’s different than self-injurious behavior, and what “psycheache” is.
Who dies by suicide?
While suicide cuts through all economic, social, cultural groups, read here about some of the special populations it affects including teens and military personnel.
Risk Factors and Warning Signs
How do we know if someone is at risk for suicide and how to help them? This section will help you understand what to look for.
Research, Genetics, and Protective Factors: Finding the Root of Why It Happens and How We Can Help People
Many factors comprise each suicide but finding the causes continue to allude us. Read here about ways researchers continue to understand why people die by suicide and how we’re looking at what protects people from ending their lives.
If you work with the media or are part of the media, read in this section about how to portray suicide in the media.
Finding web links about suicide is easy, finding good web links about suicide can be time consuming. Scroll through our list of the links and other resources we’ve compiled.