A new national strategy for reducing the number of deaths by suicide by better identifying and reaching out to those at risk was released Monday morning in Washington.
The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention report includes community-based approaches to curbing the incidence of suicide, details new ways to identify people at risk for suicide and outlines national priorities for reducing the number of suicides over the next decade.
In conjunction with the report, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $55.6 million in new grants for suicide prevention programs.
The report has been prepared by the U.S. surgeon general and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a network of 200 public and private sector organizations.
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense are launching a joint outreach campaign that includes new public service announcements aimed at battling a troubling rise in suicides in the military
“All of us working together — friends, family, neighbors, the public and the private sector — can make a difference for service members and veterans transitioning back into their communities,” deputy VA Secretary Scott Gould said in a statement. Recognizing the warning signs of suicide and knowing where to turn for help will save lives.”
“Suicide is one of the most challenging issues we face,” Secretary of the Army John McHugh said in a statement. “In the Army, suicide prevention requires soldiers to look out for fellow soldiers. We must foster an environment that encourages people in need to seek help and be supported.”
The event at the National Press Club was streamed live on the Web on the Action Alliance Web site .