Reducing Rural Suicide

All's not well down on the farm. Or up in the mountains. Or in the farthest reaches of Alaska. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people in the nation's rural areas are at higher risk of suicide than their urban counterparts.

Suicide in Later Life

Suicide in late life is an enormous public health problem that will likely increase in severity as adults of the baby boom generation age. Data from psychological autopsy studies supplemented with recent studies of suicidal ideation and attempts point to a consistent set of risk factors for the spectrum of suicidal behaviors in late life (suicide ideation, attempts, and deaths).

Suicide Care in Systems Framework

The following report presents the findings and recommendations of the Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The Task Force focused its deliberations and recommendations on care in four environments: (1) Emergency Departments and Medical-Surgical Units; (2) Primary Care and General Medical Settings; (3) Behavioral Health Entities; and (4) Crisis Services.

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.