"We don't talk about suicide. We don't talk about mental health
enough," Dr. Dionne Hart of Hennepin Healthcare in Minnesota says in
this video from Pew. And she's right.
When we talk about suicide—in health care settings, among friends and family, and within our communities—we can help reduce the barriersthat prevent people from seeking care. People like Greg Whitesell.
When this high schooler on Montana's Flathead Indian Reservation
experienced suicidal thoughts, friends and family came together to keep
him safe. Hear his story and get insights on the science behind
depression and suicide risk.
Nearly half of people in the U.S. who die by suicide interact
with the health care system in the month before their deaths, research
shows. Each interaction is a chance for providers to identify people at
risk and connect them to care.
A new partnership between the Zero Suicide Institute and Pew
aims to show how hospitals and health care systems can improve and
expand suicide care to help save lives.
As one participant in the program noted: "Everyone has a role in suicide awareness and prevention. One person or agency cannot win this battle alone."
Twenty-two percent of high schoolers said in a 2021 Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention survey that they had seriously considered
suicide within the past year—up from 16% in 2011.
To help identify youth at risk of suicide before it's too late, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatric health providers screen everyone ages 12 and older for suicide risk at least once a year.