Suicide by the numbers

Suicide claims more lives than war, homicide, and natural disasters combined. 

  • Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide each year worldwide.

  • 44,000 Americans die by suicide each year.

  • Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 1% of all deaths.

  • In the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 15-29.

  • Each day approximately 21 United States military veterans and active duty personnel take their own lives. In 2018, 6,132 veterans and 1,387 active duty personnel died by suicide.

  • Experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Suicide rates are also high among vulnerable groups who experience discrimination such as refugees and migrants, indigenous people, members of the LGBTQ+ community and prisoners.

*Data sourced from the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.