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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
Suicide accounts for one in five postpartum deaths; one in five women experience a perinatal mental health condition; and over half of pregnant women with depression do not receive treatment, according to a new AHA infographic highlighting the grim statistics surrounding maternal mental health, five ways to improve maternal mental health outcomes and recommended resources for providers.
ADDRESSING CHALLENGES AND PRIORITIES THROUGH THE TRUSTEE ROLE
This document, developed by AHA Trustee Services and AHA’s Behavioral Health teams, intends to educate and raise awareness for trustees about suicide prevention and the role that hospital and health system boards can play in this very important public health issue. It also provides useful resources for boards to initiate a conversation about reducing the risks of and preventing suicides in the health care workforce.
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
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
Article: Providing a safe and therapeutic ED environment
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.
National Physician Suicide Prevention Awareness Day: September 17