Those are the numbers. They represent the scope of the problem.
But numbers do not represent the grief and devastation that occurs every single time an individual loses their life to suicide. For that heartbreak, there are no adequate numbers and there are no adequate words.
The data that is available in relation to suicide is startling. We need to increase our efforts and we need to do it now.
If you are looking for more comprehensive data, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center is a good source. You can find data on racial and ethnic disparities, as well.
Click below to access that information. And remember, familiarizing yourself with current data enables you to have an educated conversation with others and to raise awareness. These conversations are critical to fighting stigma. And reducing stigma has the capacity to save lives.