Department of Psychiatry

Suicide Prevention and Research Resources

Suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in the U.S., resulting in more than 29,000 deaths in the year 2000. Suicide is responsible for more deaths annually than homicide or AIDS. Among teens, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death. Major depression is a factor in at least 50% of completed suicides and intoxication contributes in many attempts and completed suicides. There are several active national efforts to reduce the risk of suicide by improving the identification of at risk individuals and the recognition and treatment of mood and substance use disorders. Educating the public and non-mental health professionals to aid in these tasks is a critical part of this effort.

The websites offered here are selected as starting points for clinicians, patients and loved ones to learn more about suicidal behavior, prevention research and prevention efforts and to help those dealing with the aftermath of an attempted or completed suicide.

We hope you will find this site a helpful gateway to the world of information suicide prevention and research available on the internet.