CDC releases suicide prevention resource for action

Message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Suicide is a serious public health problem affecting individuals, families and communities across the country. Fortunately, we know that suicide can be prevented. To help states and communities plan and prioritize suicide prevention activities, the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control publishes the Suicide Prevention Action Resource (Suicide prevention resource). The Suicide Prevention Resource was formerly known as the Suicide Prevention: A Technical Set of Policies, Programs and Practices. It is now updated, extended and renamed and includes strategies with the best available evidence to have an impact on saving lives. Strategies include those that prevent the risk of suicide in the first place and those that reduce the immediate and long-term harms of suicidal behavior for individuals, families, and communities.

The Suicide Prevention Resource has three components:

  1. Strategies are the set of actions to achieve the goal of suicide prevention.
  2. Approaches are the specific ways to advance each strategy.
  3. Strategies, programsand practices show evidence of impact on suicide, suicide attempts, or risk and protective factors.

States and communities can use the suicide prevention resource to prioritize and adapt activities most likely to reduce suicide.

The new suicide prevention resource provides a roadmap for action as part of the CDC’s comprehensive suicide prevention program. This program currently funds 15 states and 2 universities to implement and evaluate a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention. These funded programs use strategies from the CDC’s new Suicide Prevention Resource to focus on activities with the greatest potential for suicide prevention among populations that are disproportionately affected by suicide. The CDC recently released program profiles and success stories to show how these funded programs have implemented and evaluated a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention.

Suicide is an urgent public health crisis in the United States. Despite a decrease in suicide rates in 2020 compared to 2019, almost 46,000 lives were lost by suicide. Provisional data for 2021 shows that suicide is rising again, with more than 48,000 people dying by suicide. Moreover, every year, millions of people think, make a plan and attempt suicide. Suicide has devastating consequences for individuals, families, schools, workplaces and entire communities. Above all, we know that there is no single cause for suicide. Factors increasing the risk of suicide occur at the individual, relational, community and societal levels. These include work/financial, health, criminal/legal, and relationship issues. Substance use, loss of a friend or loved one to suicide, a history of suicide attempts, and mental health issues can also increase a person’s risk of suicide.

We can all #BeThere to prevent suicide by taking steps that can promote healing, help and give hope. Many people find it difficult to talk about suicide and especially how to talk to someone who is having suicidal thoughts. But there are clear actions we can take. We can all learn the five steps to talking to someone who might be suicidal.

In addition to what we can each do individually, the CDC’s comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention helps address the range of risk factors. You can learn more about the CDC’s suicide prevention strategies, access and download the suicide prevention resource, access and download the suicide prevention resource summary, and read CSP program profiles.

Learn more:

  1. suicide prevention
  2. Suicide Prevention Action Resource
  3. Summary of Resources for Suicide Prevention Action
  4. Comprehensive Suicide Prevention
  5. Complete Profiles of Suicide Prevention Programs
  6. Prevention strategies
  7. Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan