UHS is an active partner with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the national program that puts behavioral health on the front lines of prevention.
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The Behavioral Health Division at UHS plays an active role in the communities it serves by participating in local events and providing suicide awareness education and specialty treatment. As a national partner with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, our inpatient psychiatric facilities are adopting the Zero Suicide initiative.
Suicide is a serious and preventable public health problem. It does not discriminate and can affect people without regard to age, income, education, social standing, race or gender. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all Americans, the second leading cause of death for adults ages 25 to 34 and the third leading cause of death for youth ages 15 to 24.
Ninety percent of people who die by suicide have a mental health disorder at the time of their deaths. There are biological and psychological treatments that can help address the underlying health issues that put people at risk for suicide. As the largest facilities-based behavioral health provider in the country, the UHS Behavioral Health Division is committed to equipping its clinicians, nurses and other technicians with the knowledge and skills to provide effective suicide care in our facilities.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) is the public-private partnership dedicated to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) with the goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. Since 2013, UHS has been a national partner with the Action Alliance, working to strengthen the country’s clinical capacity to provide innovative suicide prevention and care. UHS is proud to have been a champion in the creation of the Zero Suicide website, an interactive toolkit essential to supporting the work of healthcare organizations adopting and committing to a comprehensive approach to suicide care. In addition, many of UHS’ facilities serve as pilot sites for the Zero Suicide initiative. Its commitment to suicide prevention also extends to the communities its facilities serve through the dissemination of evidence based suicide prevention resources used to educate community partners including schools, primary care physicians, emergency departments and first responders.
There is strong evidence that a comprehensive public health approach is effective in reducing suicide rates. Together with the Action Alliance, we continue to look for opportunities to develop and implement effective strategies to prevent suicide, and ultimately save lives and families by transforming our healthcare systems.