Suicide Myths and a New Tool for Suicide Prevention
It's a common myth that suicide rates are highest during the holiday season. Suicide rates are actually lowest in December, and rates peak during the spring and fall.
However, suicide remains a major public health challenge all year long; more than 40,000 Americans die by suicide every year, and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. As the new year approaches, SAMHSA is preparing to release a free mobile app—optimized for tablets—called Suicide Safe, a suicide prevention learning tool for behavioral health and primary care providers.Suicide Safe helps providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and reduce suicide risk among their patients.
SAMHSA's free Suicide Safe app will be available in early 2015 for iOS® and Android™ mobile devices.