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
- 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.
- 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)