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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3 Things College Campuses Can Do to Prevent Suicide
EDC’s Bonnie Lipton offers three ways schools can provide mental health support to their students.
Addressing Veteran Suicide
Jerry Reed says that a public health approach is needed to prevent suicide among Veterans.
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.
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.
This online toolkit supports the implementation of the Zero Suicide Initiative in health and behavioral health care settings.
This guide is designed to assist emergency department (ED) health care professionals with decisions about the care of patients at risk of suicide.
The National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide Final Report addresses five key areas: (1) data and research, (2) organization and systems change, (3) peer support, (4) family support and surviving families, and (5) messaging. These recommendations aim to help the law enforcement field improve access, quality, and acceptance of mental health resources, advance suicide prevention efforts, and support a culture of safety and wellness.
The revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention emphasizes the role every American can play in protecting their friends, family members, and colleagues from suicide.
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.
Messaging about Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement: Strategies for Safe and Positive Messaging provides evidence-based recommendations to help law enforcement agencies promote and support help-seeking behaviors and suicide prevention efforts.
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 Comprehensive Framework for Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention is a guide for police agencies to implement strategic, holistic, and intentional suicide prevention strategies across the continuum of prevention, intervention, and postvention.
A powerful resource for police in addressing stress management, mental health concerns, suicide prevention, and overall officer safety and wellness, Peer Support as a Powerful Tool in Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention draws upon the key role peer support plays in the many aspects of suicide prevention.
This resource library is a collection of readings, tools, videos, and webinars to help users understand and implement the Zero Suicide Initiative.