At AFSP, our efforts to prevent suicide are firmly rooted in our understanding of why it occurs.
Because there are so many factors that contribute to suicide, our approach to prevention is broad, incorporating awareness and education programs and interventions designed for a variety of audiences.
Our prevention programs are designed to help:
- People who are thinking about suicide or engaging in suicidal behavior.
- Those who may be at risk for suicide because of a mental disorder or other vulnerability, or because they belong to a group with higher rates of suicide attempts or deaths.
- The general population: family members, caregivers, teachers, and others who can help to identify and refer people who may be at risk of suicide for help.
- Health and mental health care providers who come in contact with people at risk for suicide and their family members.
In this section, we describe our education and intervention programs. These are linked to AFSP’s other suicide prevention efforts. The research grants program is continually enhancing our knowledge of the causes of suicidal behavior and how it can be reduced. Our federal, state and grassroots advocacy efforts help to ensure the support and resources necessary to make suicide prevention a national priority.
Risk factors for suicide are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take her or his life. Suicide risk tends to be highest when someone has several risk factors at the same time.
In an Emergency, Contact:
- Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Psychiatric hospital walk-in clinic
- Hospital emergency room
- Urgent care center/clinic
- Call 911
AFSP seeks to reduce suicide and suicide attempts by developing and implementing our own innovative approaches to suicide prevention.