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Suicide Prevention

"In 2001 more than 30,000 Americans died by suicide (Anderson & Smith, 2003), and within each of the age groups from 10 to 64 years, suicide ranks within the top 10 leading causes of death. Other forms of non lethal suicidal behaviors are even more common. In 2002 it was estimated that 132,353 individuals were hospitalized following suicide attempts (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2004). However, encouraging statistics show that youth suicide rates are currently at their lowest point in 20 years and have been declining since 1992 (Lubell, Swahn, Crosby, & Kegler, 2004). Since 1991, the percentage of students who seriously considered suicide also declined (Grunbaum et al., 2004). Still, the U.S. statistics for youth are alarming. Despite the recent decline in youth suicide rates, they are still more than three times higher than what they were in 1950 (Prager, 2003). In the United States, suicide currently ranks as the third leading cause of death in the 10- to 24- year old age group (Centers for Disease Control, 2005)."

from Suicidal Ideation and Behaviors by Stephen E. Brock, Jonathan Sandoval and Shelley Hart


American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Light for Life Program

National Mental Health Association

S.O.S Suicide Prevention Program

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Strategy on Suicide Prevention

American Association of Suicidology

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center