people die by suicide each year in the world.


people die by suicide each year in the United States. That breaks down to

1 death every 11 minutes


Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death between the

ages of 10 & 34


Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the entire U.S.

More than


die by suicide as females.

9 out of 10

individuals who attempt suicide and survive, never go on to die by suicide.


1 in 6 experience a major depressive episode

3 million have thoughts of suicide

YOUNG ADULTS (Age 18–25)

1 in 3 experience mental illness

1 in 10 experience a serious mental illness

3.8 million had serious thoughts of suicide


12 million had serious thoughts of suicide

3.5 million made a plan for suicide

1.4 million adults attempted suicide


Verbal suicide threats such as “You’d be better off without me.”

Expressions of hopelessness and helplessness

previous suicide attempts

Daring or risk-taking behavior

Increased use of alcohol and/or substances

Personality changes


Giving away prized possessions

Changes in school or work performances

Change of physical appearance

Change in sleeping pattern – too much or too little sleep

Lack of interest in future plans

dispelling the stigma

  • As defined by Mayo Clinic, “Stigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that’s thought to be, or actually is, a disadvantge (a negative stereotype).”

More than half of people with mental illness don’t receive help.

  • A studey of 90,000+ people worldwide found that stigma of mental illness is one of the top reasons that they don’t receive care.
  • 9 out of 10 people with mental illness say that stigma or discrimination negatively impacts them.
  • Mental illness has been stigmatized for decades, creating untrue steriotypes that individuals struggling with mental illness are dangerous, incompetent, unpredictable, or have a weak character. These negative beliefs lead to prejudice and discrimination against those with mental illness.
  • The stigma surrounding mental illness is the product of lack of understanding and fear.
  • When talking about suicide, do not use “committed suicide” because that language came from a time period when suicide was a crime, but it’s not a crime anymore. The word “committed” implies criminality and lends a sense of agency, which only adds to the stigma around it. Instead, use language such as: died by suicide or lost to suicide or took their own life.


  • Educate yourself and others
  • Talk openly about mental health
  • Be conscious of the language you use to talk about mental illness
  • Show compassion
  • Normalize getting treatment by being honest about your own journey
  • Get involved! Check out the Advocacy section to learn more about how.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or crisis, please contact:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273–TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “TALK” to 741741

If you believe someone is exhibiting the warning signs of suicide or struggling with mental illness,

please reach out to a trusted adult and check out our resources to best support this individual.

Readings: Books

for students and parents

Resource: 16 Young Adult Novels that Tackle Themes of Mental Illness

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy by Kelly Jensen

Mind, Body and Sport – Understanding and Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness by John Douillard

What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan

This is Depression: A Comprehensive Compassionate Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Understand Depression by Diane McIntosh

Are U Ok? by Da Capo Lifelong Books

Life Inside My Mind by Jessica Burkhart

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

for parents

My Living Will: A Father’s Story of Loss & Hope by John Trautwein

The Blessing of a B Minus by Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.

Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old by Joseph Allen, Ph.D, and Claudia Worrell Allen, Ph.D.

Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits & Attitudes by Tim Elmore

Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life by Diane Tavenner

Suicide In Schools: A Practioner’s Guide to Multi-Level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention by T. Erbacher, J. Singer, and S. Poland

Be Happy Without Being Perfect: How to Break Free From the Perfection Deception by Alice D. Domar, Ph.D

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.

Generation iY: Secrets to Connecting with Today’s Teens & Young Adults in the Digital Age by Tim Elmore

The Gift of Failure: How to step back and let your child succeed by Jessica Lahey

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour, Ph.D

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour, Ph.D

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Cathering Steiner-Adair, EdD

Coping with Social Anxiety: The Definitive Guide to Effective Treatment Options by Eric Hollander, MD

Generation Z Unfiltered: Facing Nine Hidden Challenges of the Most Anxious Population by Tim Elmore

Raising Can-Do Kids: Giving Children the Tools to Thrive in a Fast-Changing World by Richard Rende, Ph.D

The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teenage Girls From Today’s Pressures and Conflicting Expectations by Stephen Hinshaw, Ph. D

Marching Off The Map: Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand New World by Tim Elmore

Articles: General

College Students Struggle with Mental Health As Pandemic Drags On | By Susan Svrluga and Nick Anderson

Another Surge in the Virus Has Colleges Fearing a Mental Health Crisis | By Anemona Hartocollis

Even Before COVID-19 Pandemic, Youth Suicide Already at Record High | UC Davis Health

The Urgency is Greater Than it Has Ever Been: Four Suicides Rock WPI Campus as Colleges Grapple with Student Mental Health Concernts | By Laura Krantz

Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen | By Erica L. Green

Articles: Student-Athlete Mental Health

Suicides in College Sports Put Focus on Mental Health and Those Trying to Make a Difference | By Michelle Gardner

College Student Athlete Health and Well-Being | Timely MD

Mental Health and Athletes | Athletes For Hope

Mind, Body, and Sport: The Psychiatrist Perspective | NCAA Sports Science Institute

Let’s Talk About the Quiet Crisis in College Sports: Mental Health | Eric Lindberg

NCAA Faces Uphill Battle Getting Mental Health Care to Student-Athletes | By Wendell Barnhouse

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: Athlete Perspectives on Mental Health | By Grace Van Atta

Student Athletes Confront Pandemic Mental Health Hurdles | By Margot Mather

Student Athletes and the Risk of Suicide | By Jacob Lewis

Suicides Among Teen Athletes Raise Mental Health Concerns | By Roman Stubbs