2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, sufering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. Many people may be surprised to learn that suicide was one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States in 2009.  And death is only the tip of the iceberg. For every person who dies by suicide, more than 30 others attempt suicide.  Every suicide attempt and death affects countless other individuals. Family members, friends, coworkers, and others in the community all sufer the long-lasting consequences of suicidal behaviors. Informed by this assessment, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), a public-private partnership focused on advancing the National Strategy, formed an expert task force to revise and update the National Strategy. This document is the product of that task force’s deliberations and also relects substantial input from individuals and organizations nationwide with an interest in suicide prevention. he revised National Strategy is a call to action that is intended to guide suicide prevention actions in the United States over the next decade.