Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Risk factors include mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, alcoholism, or substance misuse.
Others are impulsive acts due to stress such as from financial difficulties, troubles with relationships, or from bullying. Those who have previously attempted Suicide are at higher risk for future attempts.
Suicide prevention efforts include limiting access to methods of Suicide, such as firearms, drugs, and poisons, treating mental disorders and substance misuse, proper media reporting of suicide, and improving economic conditions.
Although crisis hotlines are common, there is little evidence for their effectiveness.
SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Our work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing Suicide.
Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can SAVE lives.