Facebook Ask the Expert Event: Suicide Prevention

Join suicide prevention experts!

Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for nearly 37,000 deaths each year.  Among young adults ages 15 to 24 years old, there are approximately 100-200 attempts for every completed suicide.1  In 2007, 14.5% of  U.S. high school students reported that they had seriously considered attempting suicide during the 12 months preceding the survey; 6.9% of students reported that they had actually attempted suicide one or more times during the same period.2 Among 15- to 24-year olds, suicide accounts for
12.0% of all deaths annually.3

In order to raise awareness and knowledge on suicide, CDC’s VetoViolence Facebook page will be hosting an Ask the Expert focused on suicide prevention on World Suicide Prevention Day:

Monday, September 10, 2012
12:00-2:00 pm EDT

Join the Live Chat

Experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be taking questions from the public.

From CDC:

  • Deb Stone, ScD, who has more than 10 years of experience in suicide prevention; and
  • Natalie Wilkins, PhD, whose areas of expertise include evidence-based decision-making, evaluation, and suicide prevention.

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

  • James Wright, MS, LCPC, who is a Public Health Advisor in the Suicide Prevention Branch, Center for Mental Health Services; and
  • Jennifer Cappella, MPA, who is a Public Health Advisor in the Suicide Prevention Branch, Garrett Lee Smith State and Tribal and Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Programs. 

Learn More:

Suicide Prevention
www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
www.samhsa.gov/prevention/suicide.aspx  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Stay Connected
Like VetoViolence on Facebook: www.facebook.com/vetoviolence
Ask the Expert: Suicide Prevention: https://www.facebook.com/VetoViolence?ref=hl#!/events/278619925576273/
Follow CDC’s National Injury Center on Twitter: @CDCInjury 

References:
1. Goldsmith SK, Pellmar TC, Kleinman AM, Bunney WE, editors. Reducing suicide: a national imperative. Washington (DC): National Academy Press; 2002.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2007. Surveillance Summaries, June 6. MMWR 2008; 57(No. SS-4).

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [Online]. (2007). National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC (producer).  Available from URL: www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html.