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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 P​revention Lifeline


    1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing Suicide: Fast Facts. Violence Prevention. Published April 21, 2020. Accessed June 2, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/fastfact.html

    2. Maryland Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention. 2018 State Plan. Accessed June 2, 2020. https://health.maryland.gov/bha/suicideprevention/Documents/2018%20State%20Plan%20on%20Suicide%20Prevention.pdf