Suicide Rates Increasing Nationwide
Increasingly, suicide is being viewed not only as a mental health problem but a public health one. Nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States in 2016 — more than twice the number of homicides — making it the 10th-leading cause of death. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death. The Washington Post recently covered the CDC's recent report on suicide rates, which showed a 43.2 percent increase in Idaho from 1999 to 2016.
WICHE Suicide Prevention Toolkit
This Web-based Toolkit contains information and tools to implement state of the art suicide prevention practices and overcome the significant hurdles this life-saving work faces in primary care practices. The Toolkit offers the support necessary to establish the primary care provider as one member of a team, fully equipped to reduce suicide risk among their patients.
The Toolkit is a collaborative project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE), Mental Health Program. Although the tools are designed with the rural practice in mind, most are quite suitable for use in non-rural settings, as well. The materials offered may be reproduced for use within your practice. Further distribution without the express consent of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center is prohibited.
To download a free copy, visit SPRC's website