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Research and Statistics

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for all ages in the United States, and the second leading cause of death for youth. There are approximately 44,000 suicide deaths in the United States and approximately 100 in the City of San Francisco every year.

Below are helpful links and research reports to help you better understand different suicide prevention strategies.

SFSP Client Satisfaction June 2012

San Mateo and Santa Clara Report on How to Reach Rural Population

San Francisco Research on Online Media Campaigns

San Francisco Research on Emotional Animals Media Campaign

San Francisco Research on the LGBT Community

San Francisco Research on Youth Focus Groups

How to Report Suicide on Facebook


Center for Disease Control (CDC)

This site contains extensive national suicide statistical information.

United States Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Download the CDC fact sheet on suicide

San Francisco Coroner

This document has detailed information about San Francisco suicides.

View the latest San Francisco Medical Examiners Report

American Association of Suicidology

The links below contain extensive fact sheets about suicide and suicide prevention, as well as access to AAS’s long-standing journal entitled, Journal of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Fact Sheets
Journal of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

This website provides helpful information, statistics, suicide prevention strategies, and current research and prevention efforts. Check out the SPRC’s weekly e-newsletter, which contains announcements and information about suicide, suicide prevention and mental health issues.

The Weekly Spark