Your Suicide Prevention Toolkit

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Suicide Prevention

Tools and Resources

But first, some numbers:

Nationally, there are 129 suicides per day. Let's break that down a little more.

Males are 3.5 times more likely to die by suicide than females.

Even though females attempt suicide twice as often as males.

And for every one youth suicide reported, an estimated 25 youth suicides have been attempted. 

We can't forget other age groups though. Adults between the ages of 45 and 64 have the highest rate of suicide.

White - 15.9
American Indian and Alaska Native - 13.4
Asian and Pacific Islander - 6.6
Black - 6.6

And rates by Race/Ethnicity

But with all of this, we know that treatment saves lives. Suicide is preventable. Here's how we can help.

Followed by suffocations (27.7%) and poisonings (13.9%).

Half (50.6%) of all suicides in 2017 were completed with a firearm. 

Specific subpopulations, such as people in the military and LBGTQ communities, have an increased risk of suicide compared to the general population.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Crisis Text Line

For People in Crisis


Text HELLO to 741741

  • 24/7 confidential support

  • Nation-wide

  • For veterans, press 1

  • 24/7 nation-wide text line

  • Can be used for any type of crisis

  • Texts about suicidal thought get moved to the top of the queue

  • NorthKey Community Care Access Line

  • 24/7 confidential support

  • Direct connection to therapist

  • Local resource for Northern Kentucky

877-331-3292 (toll free)

How to Help

  • Know warning signs: 

  • any suicide threat

  • a previous suicide attempt

  • alcohol and drug abuse

  • statements revealing a desire to die

  • Reach out

  • If the person is considering suicide, ALWAYS provide resources. Offering to call or go with them to get help is even better.

  • Pro tip: If you're worried about someone, ask! Asking someone about suicide does not increase their risk, and can open conversation.

  • Then listen! Give them time to talk

  • Save the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line numbers in your phone

  • Familiarize yourself with local mental health resources, like the NorthKey Community Care Access Line

  • 911 is always an option!

  • sudden behavior changes

  • prolonged depression

  • making final arrangements

  • giving away prized possessions

  • acquiring a gun or stockpiling pills

Disclaimer: This information serves to bring awareness to suicide prevention strategies. It is not a substitute for professional healthcare advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are suffering, always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions about your health condition. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.

Additional Tips

Think About Language

Say "die by suicide" instead of "commit suicide" to help reduce stigma.

Means Restriction

If someone you know may be suicidal and has access to firearms, it's ok to see if they'll let you hold on to their firearms for a while. Reducing access to lethal means is shown to decrease suicide risk.


If you're a reporter, or just someone talking about a suicide, check out Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide. These tips help reduce suicide contagion.


Look into additional evidence-based trainings. QPR is a nationally-recognized suicide prevention training for anyone who wants to learn more about how to help. Look for an instructor near you or take a course online.