Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States; among infants and children, ages 0-19, injuries and violence result in over 9 million emergency room visits a year. Worldwide, the toll of domestic violence and community violence continues from one generation to the next.
We work across international, national, state, and local boundaries to integrate evidence-based injury, suicide, and violence prevention into public health and health care systems. We gather and use data to inform policies, programs, and practices so that efforts are targeted to the populations and communities where needs are greatest and the greatest impact can be achieved.
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The Voice of Experience
Individuals with lived experience can bring an important perspective to suicide prevention efforts.
Talking to Teens about Suicide
Meaningful conversations about suicide and mental health can build connectedness and resilience. Here are some tips.
Preventing Suicide on Campus
How can colleges support students’ mental health? EDC’s Bonnie Lipton discusses.
How Child Drowning Can Be Prevented
Drowning is the leading cause of death for U.S. children 1 to 4 years old. How can parents and caregivers avoid tragedy?
Can Your Smartphone be a Mental Health Tool?
Suicide prevention efforts are increasingly taking advantage of advances in technology.
How Can We Turn Youth Away from a Violent Future?
Violent extremism is threatening communities around the world. How can we help young people reject these messages of hate?
This resource library contains programs and strategies for addressing school-based health and safety issues, including bullying, substance abuse, mental health, and school discipline.
This report presents some of the accomplishments of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention during its first five years (2010–2015).
This resource library contains reports, analyses, surveys, and fact sheets developed as part of EDC’s administration of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey from 2006 to 2014.
This report presents highlights and findings from EDC’s administration of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey to 24,355 high school students in 26 Massachusetts communities in 2014.
This report analyzes survey data from 200 participants in USAID-funded, EDC-implemented youth programs in North East Kenya and Honduras.
SPARK Talks—Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Knowledgeable—are feature videos of leaders in the suicide prevention field describing a new development or direction and issuing a c
The revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention emphasizes the role every American can play in protecting their friends, family members, and colleagues from suicide.
To promote optimal development, each Head Start program plans, implements, and evaluates actions that provide safe environments for children to be active and competent learners.
This toolkit provides ideas for integrating suicide prevention into the work of senior centers.
Released by the Research Prioritization Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, this report outlines the research areas that show the most promise in helping to reduce th