MHS 4463: Suicide Issues in Behavioral Healthcare

Incidence of Suicide

According to the World Health Organization, every year, almost one million people die from suicide, or a person dies by suicide every forty seconds. This means that every day 3,000 people kill themselves. Further, every day, there are 60,000 persons who are unsuccessful suicides. In the United States there a a death by suicide every 16 minutes. Over the last four decades, suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide.  Suicide makes up 1.8% of the global burden of disease. World Suicide Prevention Day is 10 September.

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The National Lifeline number is: 1-800-273-TALK

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night. 
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