For the first time in 11 years, the U.S. government is updating its guidelines and national strategy for suicide prevention. With 100 Americans dying every day due to suicide, the U.S. Surgeon General announced the new strategy Monday.
One of the people who worked on these guidelines is Dan Reidenberg, the executive director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices for Education). He was the task force that met about this new strategy and is responsible for the first major section of the guidelines.
The new national strategy details new ways to identify people at risk for suicide, and outlines national priorities for suicide prevention.
The revisions reflect major developments in suicide prevention, research and practice during the past decade. Examples include:
With the suicide problem in teens we've seen in Minnesota, the topic has hit home very hard for many people here. More than 8 million adults report having serious thoughts of suicide in the past year, 2.5 million report making a suicide attempt in the past year and 1.1 million report a suicide report in the past year.
Nearly 16 percent of students in grades 9 to 12 report having seriously considered suicide, and 7.8 percent report having attempted suicide once or more in the past 12 months.
These numbers really make you think about what more can and needs to be done to make sure people don't feel killing themselves is the only way out. Hopefully, this new strategy will save lives and this strategy may be able to do that.
2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention fact sheet
WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDAL BEHAVIORS
Everyone can play a role in preventing suicide by being aware of the warning signs of suicidal behaviors:
WHAT YOU CAN DO
If you believe someone is at risk of suicide:
For additional information about the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, visit: