American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Kathryn Richmond

AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources to aid those affected by suicide. They are the largest funder of suicide prevention research. Millions of people donate to this foundation.

They fund studies across multiple disciplines at all levels of investigation. They're studies have helped them understand more about suicide and help them create ways to prevent suicide around the world.

AFSP- funded research has produced groundbreaking information to help learn more about suicide. The research has helped them identify alterations in the brain structure and functions that are associated with suicide.

It has also helped then develop treatments to give people at risk some help to try and prevent their troubling thoughts and suicidal behavior. They have discovered that the barriers on bridges can reduce suicidal rates from jumping.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US. Each year 44,193 die by suicide. Suicide cost the US 44 billion dollars annually.

  • The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.26 per 100,000 individuals
  • On average there are 121 suicides daily
  • Firearms account for almost 50% of all suicides

  • Men die from suicide 3.5% more than women
  • White men were accounted for 7 out of 10 suicides in 2015
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle aged- white men in particular

There is only one treatment, clozapine, at this time for suicide attempt.

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