Suicide Prevention Resources
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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.
Almost 46,000 Americans died by suicide in 2020
every 11 minutes
adults thought about suicide
Over 3 Million
made a suicide plan
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
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
Interview: How Boards Can Support Suicide Prevention
Interview: Health Systems Making Suicide Prevention a Priority
Webinar: Universal screening for suicide risk: Strategies for success and lessons learned.
Access Curated and Vetted Resources with AHA’s New Stress Meter™
AHA Physician Alliance: Preventing Physician Suicide
Blog: Integrating physical and behavioral health to lower suicide risk
The Physician Well-being Playbook
Blog: Shining a light on physician suicide
Hospital suicide prevention requirements take effect July 1
Article: Providing a safe and therapeutic ED environment
Joint Commission issues first data-driven estimate of inpatient suicides
Health systems work to improve suicide care
Researchers report success with nurse suicide prevention effort
Health Facilities Magazine: Ligature-risk requirements: Separating Fact from Fiction
Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Suicide Prevention Month Ideas for Action
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Partner Toolkit
Education Development Center - Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Suicide Rates by Industry and Occupation - National Violent Deaths Reporting System, 32 States, 2016
Rural Health Information Hub: Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit
National Academies: Improving Care to Prevent Suicide Among People with Serious Mental Illness: Proceedings of a Workshop
VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Guidebook
SAMHSA: A Guide for Medical Providers in the Emergency Department Taking Care of Suicide Attempt Survivors
CDC: Suicide rising across the US
CDC Policy Brief: Preventing Suicide In Rural America
SAMHSA's Mobile App for Providers: Suicide Safe
National Institute of Mental Health's Suicide Prevention Resources
Suicide Prevention Resource Center's (SPRC) Resources for Behavioral Health Care Providers
Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Initiatives and Campaigns for Service Providers
Department of Veterans Affairs' Suicide Prevention Resources
Role of Hospitals: Marshfield Clinic Health System
Caring for our health care heroes during COVID-19
Ivinson Memorial Hospital - Suicide Prevention Task Force
Preventing Physician Suicide: Center for WorkLife Wellbeing
Blount Memorial Hospital: Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Alliance
Henry Ford Health System: How We Dramatically Reduced Patient Suicide, NEJM Catalyst
Avera enlists health care providers in Zero Suicide initiative
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.