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November 2016

Better Suicide Screening and Prevention Are Possible

Author Affiliations
  • 1Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Delmar, New York
JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73(11):1111-1112. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.2411

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the nation’s mortality rate climbed in 2015 for the first time in a decade. This surprising result is linked to increases in the rate of several causes of death, including suicide. Indeed, the death rate for suicide has been rising steadily for over a decade. By now we are almost inured to news reports about high or rising rates among veterans, American Indian/Alaska Native young people, and other groups. At the same time, we hear frequently that research investments in suicide prevention are inadequate. Former National Institute on Mental Health Director Tom Insel has pointed out that research investments for suicide prevention lag far behind those for other causes of death in absolute terms and also considering the number of people affected.

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