-Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in this country and is a major public health concern (Center for Disease Control).
-Direct and indirect effects are extensive in magnitude, affecting individuals and families in a micro realm spreading to macro, economic costs (Center for Disease Control).
-Per The Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the cost of one suicide surmounts to over 1 million dollars with more than 93 billion spent on all suicides and suicide attempts in one year.
-The socio-emotional toll that it places on family members has immeasurable, lifelong effects.
-Vulnerable populations are at much higher risks for suicide contemplation and suicide
-Suicide surpassed war as the leading cause of death within the U.S. military in recent years (Department of Veterans Affairs).
-Veterans are twice as likely to die by suicide as non-veterans (Department of Veterans Affairs).
-Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth and the most preventable and thoughts of suicide are highest among those ages 18-24 (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention).