Each year in the United States, more than 48,000 Americans lose their lives to suicide, while millions more attempt or think about suicide. These lives represent mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, spouses, partners, friends, and colleagues from every walk of life—regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.
Given the complexity of this issue, suicide prevention requires engagement and commitment from all sectors of society. Due to its expertise and thought leadership, EDC serves as the home for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance)—the nation’s public-private partnership for suicide prevention. Alongside its more than 250 partners, the Action Alliance works to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (National Strategy), which serves as the nation’s road map for reducing suicide rates and saving lives.
As the secretariat for the Action Alliance, EDC staff:
- Lead efforts with partners to transform health systems, to transform community-based suicide prevention, and to change the conversation about suicide and suicide prevention
- Cultivate new partnerships with senior executives from business, government, and the nonprofit sector to leverage their influence and resources to strengthen national suicide prevention efforts
- Provide infrastructure support and coordination for all Action Alliance-led activities
- Support implementation of the National Strategy by championing suicide prevention as a national priority, generating opportunities to implement key goals and objectives, and cultivating the resources needed to sustain progress
- Connect influential communications leads from national partners to develop coordinated and consistent messages about suicide prevention through the Messaging Work Group
- Lead other initiatives activated by the Action Alliance, including Zero Suicide, the Faith.Hope.Life. campaign, and the Crisis Now model
- Partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the Surgeon General to develop The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
- Released resources to transform health care systems, including:
- Released resources to transform community-based suicide prevention, including:
- Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders: Supporting Life Before, During, and After a Suicidal Crisis
- 988 Messaging Framework – For state agencies, crisis centers, nonprofits, businesses, foundations, and others messaging about 988
- National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide Toolkit
- Released resources to change the conversation about suicide and suicide prevention, including: