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Gun suicide claims the lives of nearly 24,000 people in America every year an average of 65 people per day, and the problem is getting worse. Over the past decade, the United States firearm suicide rate has increased 12 percent. This trend is of particular concern among young Americans, whose firearm suicide rate has increased 53 percent over the past 10 years, and for veterans, who have a firearm suicide rate one and a half times higher than nonveteran adults. 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.


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

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


More than 3,100 young people die by firearm suicide each year.

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


Men represent 86% 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.

Abbi’s Story

After giving birth, Abbi was diagnosed with postpartum depression and attempted suicide with a gun. Now, she’s is helping others through Moms Demand Action.

Van’s Story

Van was a husband and father who was devastated when his marriage crumbled. He told loved ones he was going to end his life, then died by firearm suicide.

Cole’s Story

Cole was a college student who suffered from depression. Two weeks before his 21st birthday, he died by gun suicide using his roommate’s unsecured gun.

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