Based on 2014 statistics, 117 Americans die by suicide every single day. These deaths are preventable.
Suicide costs this country $44 Billion a year in lost productivity and medical costs alone, and the pain and suffering experienced by survivors in the wake of a suicide eludes accurate measurement.
This country loses over 42,000 lives to suicide every year. Please consider taking any if not all of the following life-saving steps to reduce the number of preventable suicide deaths in the United States:
- If you don’t currently provide your team members with a way to reach out anonymously for help from a counselor integrate the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Interactive Screening Program with your Employee Assistance Program.
- Utilize the AFSP’s Talk Saves Lives presentation to educate your team members about the warning signs of suicide and why and how to get help when they see them in themselves or others.
- Encourage your team members to advocate for increased public funding to reduce suicide.
- In the unfortunate event that you lose a team member to suicide avail yourself of the AFSP’s survivor support services as needed.
- Until we garner enough political will to dedicate the public funding necessary to dramatically reduce the suicide rate, please support reputable, well-managed suicide awareness and prevention nonprofits like the AFSP to save lives.
Arresting the rising U.S. suicide rate and saving thousands of lives lost to this preventable cause of death are feasible goals within our collective reach. Please join the growing number of people personally taking ownership of reducing the number of suicide deaths in this country.
Please join us in the fight to bring about the beginning of the end of suicide.
Please visit AFSP.org for more information.