What is suicide and how does it impact Kentucky?

Suicide is when a person wants to harm themselves with the goal of ending their own life.  Suicidal thoughts or actions are a sign of extreme distress and an indicator that someone needs help.  Talking about and wanting to die are not a typical response to stress.  All talk of suicide should be taken seriously and requires immediate attention.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  Suicide prevention, education, and research can help to prevent the untimely death of over 47,000 Americans each year.  In 2019, there were an estimated 1.38 million suicide attempts.

Kentucky ranks 22nd out of all states for suicide rates at 16.49 per 100,000 individuals.

In Kentucky, over 5 times as many people died by suicide in 2019 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.

My mental health:  Do I need help?

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741)

Have concerns about a family member or friend?  Click on the page labeled Helping to Prevent Suicide.