If you are currently in crisis or know someone in crisis, please contact call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential.      

Suicide is a public health crisis. It is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and according to a recent report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, rates have risen by 25% since 2016.

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we lose someone to suicide every 14 hours. We lose nearly 2 youth to suicide each week. In a recent five year period, suicide was the number 1 cause of death for youth aged 10 to 14. Suicidality can affect anyone and it is a public health concern that needs to be addressed.

MAMH

MAMH Perspective

We believe that one life lost to suicide is one too many. Suicidality is one of the most critical mental health issues to address, particularly in tennagers and young adults. As rates of anxiety and depression are rising in young people, so too are the rates of suicidality in young people, thus it is vital that we develop a comprehensive strategy to combat the suicide epidemic. That strategy involves using evidence based practices of screening, education, and treatment. See below to read more about MAMH’s efforts on preventing suicide.

608

People died by sucide

11,014

People were hospitalized for self-inflicted injuries

4x

As many suicides as homicides in the year

2x

As many suicides as motor vehicles accident deaths

45-64

Year old men have the highest suicide rate

54%

Of people who die by suicide have a documented mental health condition