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October 23/30, 2018

Implications of Zero Suicide for Suicide Prevention Research

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Division of Medical Ethics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2Division of Oncology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2018;320(16):1633-1634. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.13083

Over the past 2 decades, deaths by suicide have increased by 30%. In 2016, more than 45 000 people died by suicide in the United States, making suicide the second-leading cause of death among individuals aged 10 to 34 years.1 The causes of this increase are manifold: a fragmented mental health care system, the opioid addiction epidemic, unregulated handgun ownership, and posttraumatic stress and other mental illnesses experienced by veterans, who die by suicide at higher rates than the general population.2