APA CALLS SUICIDE PREVENTION A PUBLIC HEALTH PRIORITY

Following is a statement from the American Psychological Association President Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., on the increase in suicide rates in the United States:

“The terrible and tragic deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain reflect a growing national crisis.

“Suicide increased by 25 percent across the United States from 1999 to 2016, according to research released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A shocking 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016. 

“Suicide needs to be a public health priority, so APA supports a multifaceted public health approach. We need to increase access to mental health screenings and ensure that insurance covers both prevention services and treatment. We need more funding for evidence-based treatment and its dissemination, including crisis services. We need more research and to ensure a focus on risk assessment, evidence-based prevention programs, and treatment to reduce the incidence of suicide.”

Click here for the full statement, as well as resources on suicide warning signs, prevention, and more.

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