Suicide statistics

Suicide statistics

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem

Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan. Effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. There are indications that for each adult who died by suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide.

Suicide isn’t selfish, it’s a person in so much pain and anguish that they can’t see a way out. If they could have the presence of mind to consider those they will leave behind, they wouldn’t be willing to kill themselves. You aren’t thinking clearly when you feel suicidal. Considering suicide goes against our survival instincts and someone with suicidal ideation needs understanding NOT judgement.

 

Suicide statistics

Suicide does not discriminate. Anyone of any race, gender, age, or socioeconomic status may feel suicidal at any point in their lives. Even someone who seems to be happy or to “have it all” can be vulnerable to suicide.

There are certain risk factors to be aware of, though. These are situations, conditions, and other factors that put some people at a greater risk of becoming suicidal:

  • Having a mental illness, particularly depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, or conduct disorder and especially an untreated mental illness
  • Having a substance use disorder
  • Being seriously ill, living with a chronic or terminal illness, or being in significant, long-term pain
  • Suffering from a traumatic brain injury
  • Stressful life situations, especially those that are prolonged, including bullying or relationship problems
  • Sudden stressful or traumatic situations, like the loss of a loved one
  • Having experienced childhood trauma and abuse
  • Having access to lethal means
  • Being exposed to another person’s suicide
  • Past suicide attempts
  • A family history of suicide

Having risk factors for suicide does not mean that it is inevitable. If you or someone you care about has one or more of these, though, you need to be especially aware of and on the watch for warning signs.

Warning Signs Easy to See


When considering suicide statistics, it’s important to be aware of the common warning signs. You may see one or more of these in someone contemplating suicide. These are the signs that are generally clear and easy to observe:

  • Talking about dying or wanting to die
  • Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no way out of problems
  • Mentioning strong feelings of guilt and shame
  • Talking about not having a reason to live or that others would be better off without them
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Giving away personal items and wrapping up loose ends
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family

Support for suicidal individuals

If you are feeling suicidal and you live in the UK, call The Samaritans on 116 123 and speak to someone. They will listen and be non-judgemental. Don’t become yet another suicide statistic. A problem shared is a problem halved.

United States

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Phone: 1 800 273 TALK (8255)

Lifeline Crisis Chat
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/gethelp/lifelinechat.aspx

Info/Resources: https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/

Worldwide

Befrienders
http://www.befrienders.org

Australia

Lifeline Australia
http://www.lifeline.org.au
Phone: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline
http://www.kidshelp.com.au
Phone: 1800 55 1800

Headspace
http://www.eheadspace.org.au
Phone: 1800 650 890

Austria

Rat auf Draht
http://rataufdraht.orf.at
Phone: 147

TelefonSeelsorge – Notruf 142
http://www.telefonseelsorge.at
Phone: 142 (24 Stunden täglich)
Emailhttps://onlineberatung-telefonseelsorge.at (chat & mail)

Belgium

Centrum Ter Preventie Van Zelfdoding
http://www.zelfmoord1813.be
Phone: 1813

Brazil / Portugal

CVV
http://www.cvv.org.br
Phone: 188
Email: atendimento@cvv.org.br

Canada

Kids Help Phone (for youth under 20)
Phone: 1 800 6686868

For people over 20, find a crisis centre that serves your area:
http://suicideprevention.ca/thinking-aboutsuicide/find-a-crisis-centre

Czech Republic

Linka bezpečí
www.linkabezpeci.cz
Phone: 116 111

Pražská linka důvěry
http://www.csspraha.cz/linka-duvery
Phone: 222 580 697

Linka důvěry Ostrava
http://www.mnof.cz/linka_duvery
Phone: 596 618 908
Phone: 737 267 939

Linka duševní tísně Most
http://www.mostknadeji.eu/linka-dusevni-tisne
Phone: 476 701 444
Skype: ldt.most

Linka důvěry DKC
http://dkc.cz/linka_duvery.php
Phone: 241 484 149
Skype: ld_dkc

Linka bezpečí
http://www.linkabezpeci.cz
Phone: 116111 (děti a mládež)

Denmark

Livslinien
http://www.livslinien.dk
Phone: 70 201 201

Børne
https://bornetelefonen.dk/ring
Phone: 116 111 (Child Helpline is open daily from 11:00-23:00.)

Finland

Suomen Mielenterveysseura
http://www.e-mielenterveys.fi/en/
Phone: 01019 5202

France

S.O.S Amitié
http://www.sos-amitie.org
Phone: 01 42 96 26 26

Germany

Telefonseelsorge
http://www.telefonseelsorge.de
Phone: 0800 111 0 111
Phone: 0800 111 0 222

Nummer gegen Kummer
https://www.nummergegenkummer.de
Phone: 0800 111 0 550 (adults)
Phone: 0800 111 0 333 (children)

Greece

Klimaka NGO
http://www.klimaka.org.gr

Suicide Help Greece
http://www.suicide-help.gr
Phone: 1018

Hong Kong

The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong
http://www.help4suicide.com.hk

The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong
http://www.sbhk.org.hk
Phone: 2389 2222

The Samaritans Hong Kong
http://www.samaritans.org.hk
Phone: 2896 0000

Hungary

Magyar Lelki Elsősegély Telefonszolgálatok Szövetsége
http://www.sos505.hu
Phone: 116 123
Email: sos@sos505.hu

Kek Vonal
Phone: 116-111

India

AASRA
http://www.aasra.info
Phone: 91-22-27546669
Phone: 91-22-27546667
Email: aasrahelpline@yahoo.com

Israel

ERAN
http://www.eran.org.il
Phone: Free call within Israel: 1201
Phone: Out of Israel: 972-76-8844400

SAHAR (Emotional support chat line)(Hebrew)
http://www.sahar.org.il

SAHAR (Emotional support chat line)(Arabic)
http://www.sahar.org.il/?categoryId=63068

Italy

Telefono Azzurro
www.azzurro.it
Phone: 19696

Telefono Amico
http://www.telefonoamico.it
Phone: 199 284 284

Latvia

Skalbes
http://www.skalbes.lv
Phone: 371 67222922
Phone: 371 27722292

Lithuania

Lithuanian Association of Emotional Support Lines
http://www.klausau.lt

Vaikų linija (Child line)
http://www.vaikulinija.lt
Phone: 116 111

Jaunimo linija (Youth line)
http://www.jaunimolinija.lt/laiskai/
Phone: 8 800 28888

Vilties linija (Hope line)
http://www.kpsc.lt/vilties_linija.html
Phone: 116 123
Email: vilties.linija@gmail.com

Pagalbos moterims linija (Women’s line)
http://www.moteriai.lt
Phone: 8 800 66366
Email: pagalba@moteriai.lt

Linija Doverija (Support for Russian-speaking clients)
Phone: 8 800 77277

Luxembourg

SOS Détresse – Hëllef iwwer Telefon
http://www.454545.lu
Phone: 454545

Kanner-Jugendtelefon
http://www.kjt.lu
Phone: 116 111

Mexico

Consejo Ciudadano
http://consejociudadanomx.org
Phone: 55 5533-5533

Instituto Hispanoamericano de Suicidologia, A.C
Phone: +5255 46313300
Email: info@suicidiologia.com.mx

Netherlands

Foundation 113Online
http://www.113online.nl
Phone: 0900-113 0 113

New Zealand

National Depression Initiative
http://www.depression.org.nz

The Lowdown
http://www.thelowdown.co.nz
Phone: 0800 111 757
SMS: 5626
Email: team@thelowdown.co.nz

Youthline http://www.youthline.co.nz
Phone: 0800 376633
SMS: 234
Email: talk@youthline.co.nz
Email: parenttalk@youthline.co.nz

Norway

Kirkens SOS
http://www.kirkens-sos.no
Phone: 815 33 300

Poland

Fundacja Dzieci Niczyje
http://www.116111.pl/napisz
Phone: 116 111

Serbia

Centar Srce
http://www.centarsrce.org
Phone: 0800 300 303
Email: vanja@centarsrce.org

Singapore

Samaritans of Singapore (SOS)
http://samaritans.org.sg
Phone: 1800 221 4444
Email: pat@samaritans.org.sg

South Africa

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)
http://www.sadag.org
Phone: 0800 567 567
SMS: 31393

South Korea

중앙자살예방센터 (Korea Suicide Prevention Center)
www.spckorea.or.kr
Phone: +82 2-2203-0053
Email: spc@spckorea.or.kr

HopeClick
http://www.hopeclick.or.kr

보건복지부 보건복지콜센터 (Ministry of Health & Welfare Call Center)
Phone: 129 (24시간 위기상담 / 24 hour hotline)

정신건강증진센터 정신건강위기상담전화 (Mental Health Center Crisis Counseling)
Phone: 1577-0199 (24시간 위기상담 / 24 hour hotline)

Spain

Teléfono de la Esperanza
http://telefonodelaesperanza.org
Phone: 902500002

Sweden

Mind
https://mind.se/

Switzerland

Tel 143 – La Main Tendue – Die Dargebotene Hand – Telefono Amico
http://www.143.ch
Phone: 143

Taiwan

Taiwan Suicide Prevention Center
http://www.tspc.tw
Phone: 0800 788 995
Email: tspc-fb@tsos.org.tw

United Kingdom / Ireland

Samaritans
http://www.samaritans.org
Phone: 116 123
Email: jo@samaritans.org

Source: https://faq.whatsapp.com/general/security-and-privacy/global-suicide-hotline-resources/