Suicidal Thoughts

The Numbers

Depression statistics

Death by suicide has increased
for every age group

Depression statistics

Suicide is one of the top ten
causes of death in the United States

Depression statistics

Suicide is the second leading cause of death between the ages of 13-32.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs, symptoms, or thoughts:

  • Talking about suicide — for example, making statements such as “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I were dead” or “I wish I hadn’t been born”
  • Acquiring the means to take your own life, such as buying a gun or stockpiling pills
  • Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left alone
  • Having mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next
  • Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence
  • Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation
  • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
  • Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
  • Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
  • Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there’s no other logical explanation for doing this
  • Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again
  • Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated, particularly when experiencing some of the warning signs listed above

(Warning signs aren’t always obvious, and they may vary from person to person. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret).2


  • Suicide is defined as death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior.
  • A suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt might not result in injury.
  • Suicidal ideation refers to thinking about, considering, or planning suicide.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately.

  • Call a suicide hotline number; in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor. The service is available to anyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential.
  • Reach out to a family member, friend, or teacher
  • Contact a pastor, mentor, or someone in your faith community
  • Make an appointment with your doctor, mental health provider or other health care provider
  • Contact the police or go to the emergency room or if there is an active plan to commit suicide; do not leave the individual unattended



For more information about how you can support someone who is dealing with a life-controlling issue, click here.

Stories of Transformation

Candace, 2015 Mercy Multiplied graduate

Candace’s Story

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Need Help?

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, Mercy can help. Our program is completely free to the girls we serve. Call (615) 831-6987 for more details, or learn more about our application process.