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HHS Non-systematic Review

Source: Office of the Surgeon General

Last Reviewed: January 2021

This Call to Action recognizes suicide as a complex issue that needs far-reaching solutions. Suicide prevention efforts must combine strategies, like:

  • Promoting resilience and wellness
  • Identifying and supporting at-risk individuals and groups
  • Responding helpfully to crisis situations
  • Caring for those at risk of suicide 
  • Supporting people affected by suicide

People with lived experience must guide this work, and it should be tailored for groups who are disproportionately affected by suicide, like:

  • Military service members
  • Veterans
  • Indigenous communities
  • Ethnic, racial, sexual, and gender minorities
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Surgeon General. (2021). The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/sprc-call-to-action.pdf [PDF - 290 KB]