National Response Action Plan for Suicide Prevention

According to a 2020 CDC survey, more than 40% of U.S. adults surveyed during a one week period in June 2020 reported struggling with pandemic-related behavioral health issues; nearly 31% of them reported anxiety or depression; and over one in ten adults seriously considered suicide. Further, a Harris Poll survey found more than 80% of U.S. adults said that, as a result of the pandemic, it was more important than ever to make suicide prevention a national priority; and 73% were more aware of the importance of taking care of their own mental health. As a national convener, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance)—the nation’s public-private partnership—mobilized diverse sectors to lead the coordinated Mental Health & Suicide Prevention National Response to COVID-19 (National Response). Together, they made mental health a priority like never before ensuring a lasting legacy of mental health and suicide prevention transformation. By acting and uniting together—across sectors and agencies—they accelerated actionable solutions and emerged stronger than we were going into the pandemic. From adversity came a unique opportunity for the National Response to ensure we changed the trajectory of our country’s mental health and suicide prevention efforts. This historic Steering Committee came to a close at the end of August 2023, but the legacy lives on in the DNA of the Action Alliance by prioritizing and cementing equity, mental health, prevention and early intervention and data into everything we do and how we do it.

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