Families and caregivers make a difference
More than 44,000 people die from suicide each year in the U.S. and it is the second-leading cause of death (behind accidents) for age groups 10–34.
Sometimes referred to as an epidemic, the suicide rate has been increasing in nearly every state and at higher rates among communities of color.
Families can play an essential role in suicide prevention, starting with being able to recognize and address depression and bipolar disorder, which factor into the vast majority of suicides.
Suicide prevention is most effective when done early, or upstream. When education, treatment, and constructive support work, crisis lines and intervention are not needed. Family caregivers and other caring adults are key players in this approach to suicide prevention.
"Preventing Suicides: Stories of Loss and Hope" is designed for caregivers.
Prevention at work
Learn how workplaces can support mental wellness and prevent suicides.
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