In the Region of the Americas, suicide accounted for more than 97 thousand deaths (75 thousand in men and 22 thousand in women) in 2019. This number increased by 56% from 62 thousand in 2000. Suicide moved up from the 15th leading cause of premature mortality in 2000 (measured as years of life lost due to premature death) to the 10th leading cause.

Suicide is a serious public health problem in the Americas, that requires focused strategies and interventions that are timely, evidence-based and often low-cost. As indicated in LIVE LIFE: An implementation guide for suicide prevention in countries, knowledge of the most commonly used suicide means and methods is important to devise prevention strategies that have shown to be effective, such as restriction of access to means of suicide. For national responses to be effective, a comprehensive multisectoral suicide prevention strategy is needed. 

This visualization presents information on the means of suicides in countries of the Region of the Americas. It allows users to examine and identify the patterns, levels, and trends of the means of suicide by geographic area (region, subregion, and country), age, and sex.