APA uses psychological research to advocate for systems of health and mental health care that identify and treat individuals at risk of suicide and their families.
Public Policies Can Help Prevent Suicide
Risk Factors for Suicide
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Podcast: Preventing Suicide
Stigma and lack of access to mental health services prevent many people from receiving the help they need, according to 2014 APA President Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD. Learn how psychologists enhance the services available to people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. A podcast transcript is available.
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APA Advocacy Related to Suicide Prevention
Suicide, like so many tragedies, is the direct result of despair, and there is only one cure for despair — hope. It is my hope that our political parties can join together in a bipartisan effort to give people in the most acute despair some measure of hope for a better life — by improving the services that are provided.
About APA Advocacy
APA represents the largest and most visible national presence advocating for psychology at the federal level. There are three APA government relations offices and two APA-affiliated organizations that engage in government relations activities.