Suicide isn’t just a problem in the United States, and it’s a global epidemic. It is the 2nd leading cause of death around the world in people between the ages of 15-30. Over 30,000 people die each year in the U.S. from suicide. The increase in suicide deaths and depression among the rich and famous has shown how high a toll life can take. Not everyone who commits suicide wants to die. They merely want the pain to end. Many feel they are unable to cope with isolation, hopelessness, uncertainties, and helplessness. Research shows that early recognition and treatment can best prevent suicide. Often suicidal feelings will pass with the care and help of others.
Many don’t know it, but hundreds of suicide prevention charities can use your help. The more you educate yourself about suicide, the better you will be able to understand and help someone suffering. If you are ready to volunteer or donate, the following organizations have high ratings for their work and accountability.
American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention is a national charity the uses supporting research to help understand what causes suicide. They work with federal and state government to care for individuals who are at risk. The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention counsels both those struggling with suicidal thoughts and those who have lost a loved one.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
This foundation has awarded over $310 million to scientists over the past 25 years. They give grants to those who are making discoveries in causes and improving treatments of depression, autism, post-traumatic stress, mental disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Treatment Advocacy Center
The Treatment Advocacy Center is a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating roadblocks that can affect timely treatment for severe mental illness. They promote practices, policies, and law that supports the development of advanced therapies for bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Academy award-winning creators of the short film Trevor, created the Trevor Project. They are a national organization that provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. They recruit qualified volunteers nationwide to provide life-changing support to LGBTQ youth. Their organization creates change by providing safe spaces for those in crisis.