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CEO DATELINE – Psychological association calls suicide prevention public health priority

June 11, 2018
By Walt Williams

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The American Psychological Association is calling on making suicide prevention a public health priority following recent suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

In a statement, APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel said the deaths “reflect a growing national crisis.” She pointed to recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researching showing suicides in the U.S. increased 25 percent from 1999 to 2016.

“Suicide needs to be a public health priority, so APA supports a multifaceted public health approach,” Daniel said.

“We need to increase access to mental health screenings and ensure that insurance covers both prevention services and treatment,” she said. “We need more funding for evidence-based treatment and its dissemination, including crisis services. We need more research and to ensure a focus on risk assessment, evidence-based prevention programs, and treatment to reduce the incidence of suicide.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or text “TALK” to 741741, Daniel said.