Suicide remains a major public health crisis and one of only three of the leading causes of death that are on the rise in the United States affecting those of every age, gender, and ethnic group. In 2020, suicide was responsible for more ~46,000 deaths, killing on average 13.5 individuals per 100,000 lives. Coupled with this tragedy is the fact that in 2020, 1.2 million Americans made a suicide attempt and more than 12.2 million adults seriously thought about suicide, with more than 3.2 million formulating a plan. There is a myriad of reasons why people take their life with recent estimates that more than half of people who die from suicide do not have a known mental disorder at the time of their death.
Join Cathy Frank, MD, as she defines the epidemiology of suicide, discusses key elements and describes the Henry Ford Zero Suicide Program.