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AAS Calls for Billion Dollar War on Suicide as CDC Reports Record-Setting Increase

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) calls on the nation and its suicide prevention partners to address suicide at the scale of the problem.

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“Our Nation must immediately and dramatically increase the funding for suicide prevention and intervention research. We must mobilize a nationwide public health effort in the face of the deaths of more than 44,000 Americans annually,” says Colleen Creighton, AAS Executive Director.

This response comes after a CDC report, released this week, highlighted a record-setting increase in rates from 1999 – 2017 (10.5 per 100,000 to 14 per 100,000, respectively). The report found significant increases in suicide across all demographic groups; these increases are unprecedented in the history of suicide data reporting since 1950.

“In the face of these numbers, the current US investment in suicide research is embarrassing. It amounts to less than ¼ of what our nation spends on dietary supplement research alone,” says Anthony D. Wood, AAS Board Chair.

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Source: press release


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