Facts and Statistics


  • Suicide can be prevented.
  • There are almost always warning signs that someone is thinking about suicide.
  • Always take a threat of suicide seriously and get help.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides state-by-state data on the level of young adults ages 18 to 25 who have had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. Based on the 2013–2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the report shows significant differences in the prevalence of serious suicidal thoughts among young adults in various states—from a high of 10.3 percent annual average in New Hampshire to a low of 6.2 percent annual average in Texas.

  • In Kentucky the rate is 7.45%
  • The University of Louisville has a student body of approximately 23,000 students which means during the school year it is possible 1,700 fellow students will struggle with serious thoughts of suicide.
  • Suicidal attempts and attempts are higher in certain populations such as Veterans and LGBTQ individuals. See Populations Tab for more information.
  • Suicide is preventable
    We can all help “Lift Up” one another


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University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

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