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DragonflyIn 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.

Media Recommendations

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.


03/27/2019 at 7:51 AM
I came across this website from a story in the Feathers Brush My Heart book. Talk about signs. My daughter was sick and couldn't take her car to her grandparents house to get an oil change so I did it for her. While I was there her grandma gave me this book to read to help me navigate the abyss I was floating in after my husband took his own life at 32 8 1/2 weeks ago. She happened to earmark a page when she was reading it a few years ago after her parents died and someone had gifted it to her. I read a couple stories and liked it but put it down until this morning. The next story I read was about was the creator of this websites' son. I cried uncontrollably. I have been in such a fog and it felt like everyone else around me was getting signs, my oldest daughter had dreams, my son felt like a hand touched him one night and he felt comforted, but I didn't get anything. The story of the dragonfly, the discussion about how free their souls are now all made me cry harder. It was everything I needed to hear. I'm at the point in my journey where everyone has gone back to their lives and I am here desperately trying to find a "new normal" with my kids. I don't have a direction but I after all of this, I finally have a sense that he is here and we will be okay. Thank you doesn't seem enough for the peace of mind I just received, but thank you. Melissa a SURVIVOR as well :)
02/12/2016 at 2:12 PM
Steve Lloyd
i KNOW \\\\\\\\ I know all to well that despair,hopelessness,lonliness,and the feeling that not too many people care anyway. They always seem to care after the fact. I have suffered in lonliness and silence for so many years with Aspergers,clinical depression, and addiction. The pain I feel is watching everyone around me with families,careers, children, and success, and just feeling like such a failure. And trying to reach out but the only ones there are my mom and dad, who are getting up there in years. When one decides to end their own life, they just want all the pain and despair to be over...it is all consuming and so draining. The fact I have lived this long is amazing to me.
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