It is a Fact

Reports of suicide in teens have increased almost 200% since the 1960s, compared to a 17% increase in the general population.

Did you know?

  • 80% of people who die by suicide have talked about it or given definite warning signs.
  • 90% of teenagers who die by suicide suffer from a psychiatric disorder, such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse.
  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in high school and college students.
  • Youth suicide rates are higher in rural areas than in urban.
  • Male youths are four times more likely than females to complete suicides.
  • Female youths are twice as likely as males to attempt suicide.
  • The presence of a loaded gun in the home is the single most powerful risk factor. In fact, more than 60% of all suicides are completed with a firearm—a method that has steadily increased over time.
  • A recent survey of high school students found that more than 20% had seriously considered suicide within a one-year period. Another 23% had made plans to attempt suicide or actually made a suicide attempt during the year preceding the survey.
  • Ninth graders are twice as likely to attempt suicide as 12th graders.
  • Compared to non-abused youth, youth who have been physically or sexually abused are more than twice as likely to report suicidal thoughts and plans, more than three times as likely to report a suicide plan, and more than 10 times as likely to report an injurious suicide attempt.
  • Reasons given for considering or attempting suicide include: feeling overwhelmed, inadequate or depressed; using alcohol and drugs to deal with emotions; sexual abuse; and experiencing serious family fights.

Suicide Statistics

As one of two Crisis Centers in Iowa Certified by the American Association of Suicidology, we frequently receive requests from individuals seeking statistics on suicide. The following links provide accurate and updated information related to suicide deaths in Iowa. If you need additional information, please contact our Crisis Center staff at 319-362-2174.

Suicide Helplines:


Statewide (Iowa):


How can you help someone that may be at risk of suicide?

More resources for those with thoughts of suicide:

Foundation 2 Chat and Text

Text 800-332-4224 and follow the prompts. Chat and text are available Mon-Fri, 9AM to 3PM.


Online crisis chat network staffed by trained volunteers.

The Trevor Project

A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.  Reach help anytime by calling 1-866-488-7386.

Your Life Iowa

Young people across Iowa can connect with YourLifeIowa through phone, online chat, or texting. Connect with help by calling 1-855-581-8111, texting 1-855-895-TEXT (8398).

Lifeline Crisis Chat

Connect with online crisis support anytime day or night.

Trans Lifeline

This hotline is staffed by transgender people for transgender people experiencing a crisis.  Connect with help by calling 1-877-565-8860.