Suicide Prevention

In an Emergency

If you are feeling vulnerable or suicidal or are worried about someone call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Suicide Knows No Boundaries

It can affect any age group, ethnicity or race. It has nothing to do with your income or education. Suicide can become a tragedy for anyone.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death among all Americans and the third leading cause of death among young (15-24) Americans. In 2015 (the latest year for which national statistics are available) there were 121 suicides per day or one suicide every 12 minutes. The 2015 suicide rate in Alabama was 15.4 per 100,000, which is higher than the 2014 U.S. rate of 13.8 per 100,000.

Suicide in Alabama

Fact #1 - The suicide rate 15.4 is much higher than the homicide rate (9.7), both in Alabama and in the U.S. as a whole.

Fact #2 - In Alabama, 93 youth suicides occurred in 2015, and more than 78.5% were males of all races.

Fact #3 - The suicide rate increases during hard economic times. The highest suicide rates ever recorded during the Great Depression. During the current economic crisis, rates have increased an average of 0.51 deaths per 100,000 people per year. Without the increase in the rate, the total deaths from suicide each year in the U.S. would have been lower by nearly 1,500.

Fact #4 - The most common and most lethal method of suicide is by using firearms. The most recent U.S. data (2015) showed that 49.8% of suicides used firearms. During 2015 in Alabama 70.4% of suicides used guns. The use of a gun almost always guarantees a fatal outcome.

Alabama Suicide Fact Sheet provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health

Suicide Death Rates Map provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

View Alabama Vital Statistics 2015 on the Alabama Center for Health Statistics Website for the following reports:

Why Do People Become Suicidal?

Feeling suicidal can result from a variety of risk factors and personal conditions that combine to make a person feel hopeless and believe that it is impossible to change the situation. Help is available. Most people who attempt suicide but do not complete suicide are grateful that they did not die.

Major risk factors for suicidal behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • A history of depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental illness diagnoses
  • A serious personal loss or number of losses and defeats taken personally
  • Low self-esteem and self-loathing
  • Social isolation
  • Believing there is no hope for feeling better
  • Chronic alcohol or other drug use
  • Easy access to the means for dying, such as guns

Usually suicide is the result of a combination of these factors. Help is available, and you do not have to suffer emotional or psychological pain alone. Many people feel so despondent and hopeless that they believe the only thing that will end the pain is suicide. Suicide is a permanent act in response to what are often temporary problems. Please ask for help now.

Page last updated: August 30, 2017