Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 or send a text message to 838255

Suicide Facts

  • There are over 600 suicides each year in Minnesota. (MDH)
  • Over the last decade, adult suicide rates have increased. (MDH)
  • Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)
  • Poisoning is the most common method of suicide for females. (CDC)

Population Groups Most Affected

  • Suicide among males is nearly four times higher than among females. Male deaths represent almost 80% of all US suicides. (CDC)
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for persons age 15 to 34 in the US. (CDC)
  • The highest suicide rates in the US are among Whites, American Indians and Alaska Natives. (SAVE)

What is Depression?

Depression is a recognizable and treatable illness. Treating depression helps people lead happier, healthier lives. It can also save lives. Depression is a medical illness of the brain that affects moods, thoughts, feelings, behavior and physical health. Unlike the blues, depression lasts longer than a couple weeks and won’t go away with positive thinking or determination. Depression needs treatment. Treating depression is the most effective way to prevent suicide.

Treating Depression

  • 80-90% of adolescents that seek treatment for depression are successfully treated using therapy and/or medication. (TAPS study)
  • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)
  • Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)