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.
More than 3,100 young people die by firearm suicide each year.￼
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 988lifeline.org/chat 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
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 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 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.
When I was 15, my mother pulled me out of class to tell me that my father had shot himself and was on life support. He died at the hospital two days later. His name was Jim Russell, and he was a 43-year-old husband, father of two, and doctor in… Continue