New National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

April 25, 2024

New National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

On Wednesday, April 24, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released details of a plan for more than 200 actions across the federal government to address high rates of suicide.

Populations in the United States disproportionately impacted by suicide include non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native youth, middle-aged and older adults, non-Hispanic White males, rural populations, and veterans, among others.

In particular, rural communities continue to see increases in suicide rates. According to 2023 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicides in non-urban environments increased 46 percent between 2000 and 2020.

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