September 2013 has been designated as Suicide Prevention Month in New York State
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of all deaths in the United States, the third leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 to 24, and the second leading cause of death among college students. More than twenty percent of those who die by suicide are active or retired members of the military.
A great many suicides are preventable. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, together with thousands of advocates, caregivers, consumers and professionals work tirelessly to raise awareness, reduce stigma, educate New Yorkers and influence public policy to make mental health services readily available and accessible.