New CDC Data Released Shows Suicide is Not Just About Mental Illness
Just-released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the June issue of Vital Signs underscore that suicide is not explained by any single cause, but instead a range of factors—beyond mental health conditions alone—including relationship, substance use, physical health, job, financial, and legal problems. The findings further reinforce the need to address suicide prevention through a robust, coordinated, multi-sector approach that combines health care system efforts with community efforts. Focusing suicide prevention efforts solely in health care settings is insufficient.
The Action Alliance convened its Media Messaging Work Group, consisting of public and private sector partners who play a role in crafting and disseminating messages to news media and the public, developed a collective statement about the data.
Please read the statement and share widely among your channels. Please find two recent articles that feature the Action Alliance about the CDC data:
This week we’ve seen a heightened attention the issue of suicide due to two prominent suicide deaths. We encourage media reporters to use best practices when reporting on prominent deaths by suicide. To learn about or share best practices, take a look at our collective statement issued on Tuesday.
Join Action Alliance and CDC for a Twitter Chat (6/11)

Today, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. ET, join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Action Alliance for a Twitter Chat (#SuicideChat) to:
  • Gain key insights into the most recent CDC Vital Signs issue
  • Ask questions of experts
  • Share your own prevention resources and stories