About Us

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Meet the Secretariat staff.

 

Background

  • 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. 

About the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (i.e. Action Alliance):

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is the public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Vision: The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention envisions a nation free from the tragic experience of suicide.

Mission: To advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) by:

  • Championing suicide prevention as a national priority
  • Catalyzing efforts to implement high priority objectives of the NSSP
  • Cultivating the resources needed to sustain progress

Goal: To reduce the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.

Established: September 2010

Leadership: Our Executive Committee represents public and private sector leadership. Read about the Committee on the leadership page.

The Action Alliance has engaged over 250 organizations since its inception.

Secretariat Staff: The Secretariat is a team from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center that supports the operations of the Action Alliance. Learn more about the team.

Action Alliance Accomplishments

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Below are some examples of current life-saving Action Alliance initiatives:

  • Changing the public conversation around suicide and suicide prevention. The Action Alliance has released the Action Alliance Framework for Successful Messaging to engage the media, national leaders, and the suicide prevention field in changing public narratives around suicide and suicide prevention to ones that promote social support, connectedness, treatment, hope, resilience, and recovery.
  • Transforming health care delivery for individuals at highest risk for suicide. The Action Alliance has recruited “early adopters” from health care systems to participate in a breakthrough collaborative effort to transform care to prevent suicide. The Action Alliance has created a toolkit to help these and other systems adopt a “Zero Suicide” approach to suicide care. More information can be found at zerosuicide.com.
  • Increasing the quality, timeliness, and usefulness of surveillance data on suicidal behaviors. The Action Alliance is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public and private partners to improve suicide data and expand existing data systems. 
  • Advancing suicide prevention for specific populations and in specific settings. Among other initiatives, the Action Alliance is developing a compelling business case for preventing suicide among working-aged adults, the population with the most suicides per year; developing a technical guidance document with a framework of action for national, state, and local stakeholders’ use when developing resources and initiatives to engage and empower suicide attempt survivors; and equipping clinicians with knowledge and skills to provide effective suicide care.