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Understanding Suicide Fact Sheet
This 2-page fact sheet provides a basic overview of suicide. It is intended for the general public.

Suicide: Facts at a Glance
This fact sheet provides up-to-date data and statistics on suicide.

Preventing Suicide: Program Activities Guide
This guide describes CDC's public health activities and research to prevent suicide.

Surgeon General's Call to Action
This document outlines steps that can be taken by individuals, communities, organizations, and policymakers to prevent suicide.

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
The strategy lays out a framework for action to prevent suicide and guides the development of an array of services and programs. 

World Report on Violence and Health
This report is the first comprehensive review of violence on a global scale. Chapter 7 provides detailed information on suicide.

Traumatic Events and Suicide Podcast

CDC published State Suicide Prevention Planning: A CDC Research Brief

Understanding Suicide Podcast is available here.

Suicide Trends Among Youths and Young Adults Aged 10--24 Years --- United States, 1990--2004

Study Podcast
One minute version
Five minute version

Homicides and Suicides --- National Violent Death Reporting System, United States, 2003--2004 




Consistent definitions are necessary for obtaining accurate and reliable estimates of suicide.

Data Sources
Data, including the number of violence-related injuries and deaths, help define the magnitude of the problem.

Risk and Protective Factors

Risk and protective factors are important considerations in the development of prevention programs.


Suicide can have a devastating impact on victims and communities.

Prevention Strategies

The current science base includes information on best practices and promising prevention strategies.


Strategies for distributing prevention information and ensuring widespread adoption within communities.

National Suicide Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or visit the website.

Suicide Warning Signs
To learn about the warning signs of suicide, visit the American Association of Suicidology's website.

Antidepressant use in children, adolescents, and adults and risk for suicide

National Violent Death Reporting System
The system collects data on violent deaths from death certificates, police reports, medical examiner and coroner reports, and crime laboratories.

CDC's Extramural Research Program

Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the media

Links to online resource information



Content Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention
Page last modified: September 15, 2008