With the tragic news of the death of Robin Williams from an apparent suicide, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) and the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society (PaPS) remind health care practitioners that these resources are available:
- Pennsylvania Recovery and Resiliency
- Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition
- World Suicide Prevention Day Fact Sheet
- 2012 National Strategy on Suicide Prevention (which is the basis of the state one)
American Psychiatric Association: Webpage on suicide
Suicide claims the lives of over 1,300 Pennsylvanians each year; an average of 3.5 lives each day.
A new law to help increase awareness of youth suicide in Pennsylvania will go into effect for the 2015-2016 school year.