Suicide Prevention and Intervention

Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. While its causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention is simple: Reduce factors that increase risk (i.e. risk factors) and increase factors that promote resilience (i.e. protective factors). Ideally, prevention addresses all levels of influence: individual, relationship, community, and societal. Effective prevention strategies are needed to promote awareness of suicide and encourage a commitment to social change.

Strategic Planning for Prevention

The Strategic direction for the Prevention of Suicidal Behavior document describes a five-year vision for the CDC’s work to prevent fatal and nonfatal suicidal behavior. Our key strategy is promoting individual, family, and community connectedness.

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (Department of Health and Human Services  (NSSP) is the first attempt in the United States to prevent suicide through a systematic approach. It lays out a framework for developing an array of suicide prevention services and programs. The NSSP emphasizes coordination of resources and delivering culturally appropriate services at all levels of a public- private partnership.

(Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC)