NAMI Sacramento, Sacramento's Voice on Mental Illness

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem. In 2004, it was the eleventh leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 32,439 deaths. The overall rate was 10.9 suicide deaths per 100,000 people. An estimated eight to 25 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death.

Suicidal behavior is complex. Some risk factors vary with age, gender, or ethnic group and may occur in combination or change over time.*

Learning more about suicide will help you to help yourself or help someone else who is at risk.


NAMI's Learn more, learn to help page has information on:

  • Signs of depression and suicide risk
  • Common misconceptions
  • How to find out if someone is at risk

NIMH's Suicide in the U.S.: Statistics and Prevention page includes:

  • What are the risk factors for suicide?
  • Are women or men at higher risk?
  • Is suicide common among children and young people?
  • Are older adults at risk?
  • Are Some Ethnic Groups or Races at Higher Risk?
  • What are some risk factors for nonfatal suicide attempts?
  • What can be done to prevent suicide?
  • What should I do if I think someone is suicidal?

Guardian Life Insurance Company of Australia has compiled a number of articles regarding suicide awareness and prevention. These articles cover the following topics:

  • U.S. and International Suicide Statistics
  • Noticing the signs
  • Precautions you can take
  • What to do following an attempt


*Source: National Institute of Mental Health




If you need immediate help because someone is in danger of harming themselves or others, call 911.

You can also get help at any hospital.

Crisis Help

See our Crisis section for what to do in an emergency.

Suicide Crisis Line

If you are in a crisis and need help right away, NIMH recommends that you call this toll-free number, available 24 hours a day, every day:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

You will reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a service available to anyone. You may call for yourself or for someone you care about. All calls are confidential.


NAMI Sacramento cannot be held responsible for the use of the information we provide.
Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision
regarding treatment of yourself or others.