Investment Opportunity that Prevents Suicides?

By American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Special for  USDR

As we head into National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5-11), the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, launches the next phase of Project 2025. Project 2025 is a high-impact, collaborative initiative developed by AFSP, aimed at the organization’s bold goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. Using a dynamic systems model designed for AFSP by CALIBRE Systems and input from a national advisory council of experts in the field, AFSP has determined three critical areas our country needs to invest in to have the greatest impact for suicide prevention and the potential to save thousands of lives within the next 10 years: (1) firearms and suicide prevention, (2) large healthcare systems, and (3) emergency  departments.

“As the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, suicide does not get the attention it deserves. For years there has been a gap between what the research tells us works in preventing suicide and what actually happens in healthcare settings and communities across the country,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “This phase of Project 2025 gives us a clear and focused prescription of how to reduce the suicide rate. As a country, we need to invest in what we know works. We know we can’t do this alone. This will require an all-out effort from leaders across all industry sectors and communities nationwide.  Together, we will save thousands o f lives.”