Suicide Prevention Resources

September is National Suicide Prevention Month


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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. All month long, the American Hospital Association is shining a national spotlight on suicide as a national public health issue and how hospitals and health systems are finding solutions to ensure that people at risk feel supported and connected.

Here you’ll find resources to prevent suicide by helping people become better informed, support those who are at risk and create hope through action.

The Facts

Almost 46,000 Americans died by suicide in 2020

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1 Death

every 11 minutes

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12 Million

adults thought about suicide

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Over 3 Million

made a suicide plan

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1.2 Million

attempted suicide

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People working in health care face incredible challenges that take a toll on their physical and mental health every day. These challenges, exacerbated by the pandemic, have heightened the importance of making the mental health of health care workers a priority and providing easy access to awareness, prevention and treatment resources. Read AHA’s new guide, Suicide Prevention: Evidence-Informed Interventions for the Health Care Workforce, on ways to take immediate action to protect the health and wellness of your health care teams.

Health Care Workforce Interventions Guide

Featured Resources

Chair File

Shining a Spotlight on Suicide as a Public Health Issue

AHA Chair Wright L. Lassiter III notes that throughout September, the AHA is shining a spotlight on suicide as a public health issue and working to ensure that people have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and seek treatment when needed.

Addressing Challenges and Priorities through the Trustee Role

Why Boards Should Focus on Suicide Prevention

Sue Ellen Wagner spoke with Cathy Frank, M.D., chair of Henry Ford Health’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services, to learn about how the health system is addressing suicide prevention, a vital public health issue that governing boards should know more about.


The Role of Firearm Safety in Preventing Suicide

According to the CDC, firearms are used in approximately 50% of all suicides. In this podcast, Dr. Emmy Betz, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and director of the Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative joins Laura Castellanos, associate director, Hospitals Against Violence initiative at the American Hospital Association. Together they explore the connections between firearms and suicide, and what hospitals and healthcare systems need to know about firearm suicide prevention.


More Suicide Prevention Resources


If you are in crisis or feel like you are a safety threat to yourself or others, please call 988 or 911 or go to the nearest emergency department immediately.