Suicide is the act of killing yourself, most often as a result of depression or other mental illness.

In the United States, suicide accounts for about 2 percent of all deaths. Rates are highest for men over 69, but are increasing alarmingly in young people aged 15 to 24.

Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology

What You Can Do

  • Suicide warning signs

    Losing interest in work or school, giving away beloved possessions and withdrawing from friends can be signs someone is thinking of suicide. Learn how to recognize the danger signals.

Getting Help


Monitor on Psychology Articles