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What is suicide?1

·        Suicide is death caused by injuring oneself with the intent to die

·         A suicide attempt is self harm with the intent of dying, but the individual does not die as a result​

The issue1​

·     ​10th    leading cause of death in the United States in 2017

·     One death every 11 minutes in the United States in 2017

·         Suicides and suicide attempts cost the United States $70 billion p​er-year​​


·         For individuals

·         Take care of your body

·         Connect with others

·         Take a break from stressful news

·         Seek professional help when needed​

·         For professionals

·         Strengthen economic supports

·         Strengthen mental health care

·         Create protective environments

·         Promote connectedness

·         Teach coping and problem-solving skills

·     Identify and support people at risk 

·​     Lessen harms and prevent future risk

For more information

Maryland Behavioral Health Administration

Maryland SPIN Suicide Prevention Infographic

Maryland SPIN Engaging Youth Infographic

Maryland211 website, dial 211, or send a text to 898-211


CDC Coping Guidance

More prevention

Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention

Veterans and Suicide

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Lifeline


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing Suicide: Fast Facts. Violence Prevention. Published April 21, 2020. Accessed June 2, 2020.

2. Maryland Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention. 2018 State Plan. Accessed June 2, 2020.