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- 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 save 20,000 lives in five years.
Established: September 2010
- Executive Committee: Read about the committee on the leadership page.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Below are some examples of the exciting initiatives the Action Alliance is working on:
- Significantly expanding support for suicide prevention.
The Action Alliance has brought together more than 200 diverse organizations, many of which are new to the suicide prevention movement.
- Revising the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP).
The Action Alliance worked with leaders in suicide prevention to complete the first major revision to NSSP in more than ten years.
- Developing a first-ever prioritized suicide prevention research agenda.
The Action Alliance will soon release an agenda to prioritize research with the greatest potential to save lives.
- Preparing the clinical workforce to care for suicidal individuals.
The Action Alliance is developing training guidelines to equip clinicians with knowledge and skills to effectively support suicidal individuals.
- Transforming healthcare delivery for individuals at highest risk for suicide.
The Action Alliance has recruited several “early adopters” from healthcare systems to participate in a breakthrough collaborative to transform care to prevent suicide.
- Making strides towards incorporating suicide prevention into healthcare reform.
The Action Alliance is working with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure that suicide prevention practices are integrated into healthcare reform.
- Advancing suicide prevention for military, veterans, and their families.
The Action Alliance is promoting and implementing awareness and prevention efforts for military, veterans, and their families.
- Enhancing suicide prevention within the juvenile justice system.
The Action Alliance is working with leaders in the juvenile justice system – in which suicide is the leading cause of death – to expand prevention research and programming.
- Promoting suicide prevention in the workplace to CEOs by developing a comprehensive business case.
The Action Alliance is working with business leaders to prevent suicide among working-aged adults, the population with the most suicides per year.