“Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off.” CDC Director Tom Frieden reminded us of that Paul Brodeur quotation last year while talking to CDC workers about suicide - its devastation and its implications as a public-health issue.
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Suicide claims approximately 800,000 lives across the world each year. In the United States, more than twice as many people die by suicide than homicide, and more people die by suicide than from automobile accidents. We should not accept these lives lost to suicide as irreversible facts.
Suicide is a heartbreaking, serious and preventable public health crisis.
Suicide takes a tremendous toll on older adults, particularly men over the age of 65. Yet the number of older adults in the United States is growing. Nearly 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. The good news is that there are more than 11,000 senior centers that offer a wide range of services and supports to help older adults stay mentally and physically healthy and live independently in their communities.In order to support the work of these valuable organizations, SAMHSA and the Administration for Community Living are pleased to release Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Centers.
In 2013, there were more than 41,000 deaths as a result of suicide in the U.S. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death, claiming more lives each year than death due to motor vehicle crashes. Especially alarming, it is the second leading cause of death for young people age 10 to 24.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline has answered more than 6 million calls since it began, and has established a network of over 160 crisis centers from across the country that answer calls to 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline provides a way for people who are in crisis to access help anytime of the day or night—no call goes unanswered.
From September 21-27, we celebrate Bisexuality Awareness Week. In honor of this upcoming event, I’d like to talk about the “B” in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Did you know that, of all those who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, half identify as bisexual? That means the “B” the largest segment of the LGBT community.