- Championing suicide prevention as a national priority
- Catalyzing efforts to implement high priority objectives of the NSSP
- Cultivating the resources needed to sustain progress
Suicide is a major public health issue, taking life without regard to age, income, education, social standing, race, or gender. Overall, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all Americans, the 2nd leading cause of death for adults ages 25-34, and the 3rd leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24. The legacy of suicide continues long after the death, impacting bereaved loved ones and communities. State and local prevention efforts are having a positive impact, as shown by decreasing suicide rates among teenage and elder males, two of the hardest hit groups. Suicide is a serious and preventable public health problem and the time to change these statistics is now.