Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify suicide prevention as a major public health challenge for the twenty-first century. Suicide rates have increased in almost every U.S. state since 1999, and suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people ages 15–29 worldwide. Evidence shows, however, that suicide can often be prevented with an integrated approach that brings together community members, policymakers, and healthcare systems to support individuals who are at risk for suicide.
Twenty-eight countries have a national suicide prevention strategy in place. In the United States, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1–800–273–8255) is available around the clock to provide confidential support for persons experiencing suicidal thoughts, or...Read more