Understanding Suicide

Suicide is Preventable


Suicide Death Rates

Number of Deaths by Suicide     Rate per 100,000 Population  State Rank 
Alabama         750 14.87  24 
Nationally 44,193  13.26   

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death overall in Alabama.

On average, one person dies by suicide every 12 hours in the state.

Suicide cost Alabama a total of $790,902,000 of combined lifetime medical and work loss cost in 2010, or an average of $1,164,804 per suicide death.


  • 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15-24
  • 4th leading cause of death for ages 10-14
  • 4th leading cause of death for ages 25-44
  • 6th leading cause of death for ages 45-54
  • 10th leading cause of death for ages 55-64
  • 16th leading cause of death for ages 65 and older

Nearly twice as many people die by suicide in Alabama annually than by homicide; the total deaths to suicide reflect a total of 14,472 years of potential life lost (YPLL) before age 65.

Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention afsp.org ⋅ Based on most recent 2015 data from CDC



13 Reasons Why

Following the Netflix release of 13 Reasons Why in 2017, many mental health, suicide prevention, and education experts from around the world expressed a common concern about the series’ graphic content and portrayal of difficult issues facing youth.

With the release of season 2 in May 2018, leading experts in mental health, suicide prevention and education as well as healthcare professionals, have developed a toolkit providing practical guidance and reliable resources for parents, educators, clinicians, youth and media related to the content of the series.

Links are provided here to help to encourage conversations, identify those at risk and prevent unexpected tragedies. Hopefully, it will also help those in need get the appropriate level of support and professional care to ensure that youth are protected, nurtured and our communities are stronger.

**Credit to Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)**

13 Reasons Why Toolkit

National Association of School Psychologists