Over 34,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year.
In the year 2000, approximately one million people died of suicide. This represents a global mortality rate of 16 per 100,000 or one death every 40 seconds.
Over 60 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following Five Core Strategies:
Funds scientific research
Offers educational programs for professionals
Educates the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
Promotes policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
Provides programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involves them in the work of the Foundation