Steps We Can Take Now to Help Prevent Suicide

We recently learned of the death of Anthony Bourdain. Based on reports, we understand that Mr. Bourdain died by suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers our condolences to his family, friends, and everyone touched by Bourdain. Dr. Christine Moutier, the chief medical officer, of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention released this statement:

“With recent high profile deaths by suicide, this is a time to stand together and resolve to do more. Suicide affects all of us – we all face challenges and have mental health to manage. We are working diligently to prevent suicide. The need for more research and a greater national investment in suicide prevention is clearer than ever.

Working together, there are steps we can take now to help prevent suicide:

  • Improve funding for research to fully address the steps needed to identify people at high risk in community and clinical settings
  • Increase public awareness of the importance of mental health and effective health care. Currently less than half of people with a diagnosable mental health condition in the U.S. receive mental health treatment
  • Fully funding the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) will allow for improvements in the death reporting system so we will be able to better understand the factors at the time of suicide and survey the problem with greater accuracy and timeliness

Let’s band together in our community efforts to encourage open dialogue about any challenges people are facing, better understanding of the warning signs of suicide, leading those who are struggling to help, and protecting one another by removing lethal means from those at risk, especially safe storage of medications and firearms. These clear steps can lower the national suicide rate.

With all of us working together and by collectively making a massive investment in suicide prevention research, resources and quality mental health care we can and we will reverse the rising suicide rate.”

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