This year, in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, consider supporting suicide prevention nonprofits currently working to combat suicide at all levels. Although the global suicide rate has declined nearly 10 percent since 2010, one person still dies from suicide every 40 seconds worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, and data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that, in the United States alone, more than 47,000 people died by suicide in 2017. But while suicide remains a serious public health issue, it is preventable and there are a number of organizations working to provide invaluable resources for those in crisis while also combating the stigma around mental health through education and advocacy.
Unfortunately, the truth is that no one is immune to suicidal thoughts. A 2013 study, for example, found that suicide accounted for roughly 20 percent of postpartum deaths, making it the second leading cause of death in postpartum women. Suicide has also been reported to be a leading cause of death among children, according to the CDC. In fact, it's because suicide doesn't discriminate that makes the work being done by suicide prevention nonprofits so important.
Here are seven suicide prevention nonprofits and organizations worth supporting this World Suicide Prevention Day and every day of the year: