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Gun suicide claims the lives of nearly 25,000 people in America every year an average of 68 people per day, and the problem is getting worse. Over the past decade, the United States firearm suicide rate has increased 19 percent. This trend is of particular concern among young Americans, whose firearm suicide rate has increased 53 percent  from 2011 to 2020. Additionally, Veterans are more likely to die by gun suicide than non-veterans, and on average, seven in 10 suicides among veterans are by firearm, compared to about half among non-veterans.

But there is hope. These tragedies are preventable, and one of the most effective life-saving interventions for someone in crisis is disrupting their access to a gun. In the eight states with the strongest gun safety laws, gun suicide rates decreased by 4 percent over the past two decades. The 14 states with the weakest laws saw a 39 percent increase in gun suicide over this period.


The U.S. gun suicide rate is nearly 12 times higher than that of other high-income countries.

Everytown analysis of gun deaths by country (2015 to 2019), (accessed January 7, 2022).


Each year 3,100 young people die by firearm suicide.

Everytown analysis of CDC, WONDER, Underlying Cause of Death, Five-year average: 2016–2020. Ages 10–24.


Men represent 87% of firearm suicide victims.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time for amplifying voices of survivors, spreading hope, and ensuring that individuals and families have access to resources to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call or text 988, or visit to chat with a counselor from the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress anywhere in the US.

Understanding the issues around gun suicide is an important way to take part in prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation.

Preventing suicide requires strategies involving individuals, families, and communities.

Amplify Survivor Voices

You can commit to elevating the voices of survivors from your own network or from Moments That Survive during September for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. You can also share your own story.

Karen’s Story

Nothing in my life prepared me for losing my mama in that violent manner. She was my best friend. She was beautiful inside and out, had a great sense of humor, had a lovely singing voice, and was the best cook ever.

Mia’s Story

Junior valued our family. I was the youngest and he loved to SMOTHER me with torturous cheek-pinching and called me his Piscean twin. Junior was also a romantic.

Celeste’s Story

Sometimes if I close my eyes and squeeze them tightly, I can smell my dad’s cologne and feel his face pressed against mine as he gave me one of his famous bear hugs. I miss him every day. So many things remind me of my dad, especially when I listen to The Beatles – our favorite band of all time.

Adriana’s Story

Luc and I were siblings. We grew up in a family of four kids in a single-parent household. We were both lifelong competitive swimmers and aspiring triathletes. We shared an innate and powerful drive to succeed in sports, in school and in our communities.

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