What Is The Leading Cause Of Suicide?
There is no single leading cause of suicide, but rather a combination of risk factors that can increase the likelihood of someone taking their own life. Some of the main risk factors for suicide are:
- A history of suicide attempts
- Depression, other mental health disorders, or substance use disorder
- Chronic pain
- Family history of a mental disorder or substance use
- Family history of suicide
- Exposure to family violence, including physical or sexual abuse
- Presence of guns or other firearms in the home
Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities. According to the CDC, suicide was responsible for 48,183 deaths in 2021, which is about one death every 11 minutes. The number of people who think about or attempt suicide is even higher. In 2021, an estimated 12.3 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.5 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.7 million attempted suicide.
Suicide can be prevented by recognizing the warning signs, providing support and care, and seeking professional help when needed. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You are not alone, and help is available.