Many of the 36,000 annual deaths from suicide in the United States could be prevented by making suicide prevention a part of routine health care and getting people to talk frankly about suicide in homes, schools, workplaces, the military and even on Facebook, says an updated national strategy from the surgeon general and a coalition of public and private groups."Preventing suicide is everyone's business," Surgeon General Regina Benjamin said at a news conference Monday introducing the plan. It updates one introduced in 2001.
Since then, the nation has made progress in understanding suicide and launched some efforts, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and a special crisis line for veterans (both available 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255), Benjamin says. But deaths have actually risen after falling in the 1990s, says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
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