Suicide rates are high among all American Indian and Alaska Native (Native American) populations, with youth being affected most. Forty percent of all Native American suicides involve children and youth ages 15 to 24.
Barriers to suicide give suicidal individuals and those who care for them something they desperately need: time. This includes time to change their minds, time for someone to intervene, and time to seek help.
Suicide prevention crisis centers offer a toll-free hotline to anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, or who is concerned about someone else who is in distress.
Depression Centers of Excellence would create a national database for large-sample effectiveness studies and a repository of evidence-based interventions and programs for depression and bipolar disorders.
AFSP endorses legislative and research initiatives that seek to authorize and fund LGBT data collection, that support safe schools and anti-bullying efforts, and that improve access to mental health services for LGBT individuals.
In order to design effective suicide prevention strategies, we must first have complete, accurate, and timely information about deaths by suicide.
AFSP supports strategic investments in suicide prevention, education, and research as a means of achieving the kinds of reductions in mortality that have resulted from strategic investments in other major public health concerns.