An estimated 40,000 Americans die by suicide each year. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month as recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Health. In Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey has reinforced a message of awareness by signing a proclamation that Arizona also recognizes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In 2016, there were 1310 deaths by suicide in Arizona.
Some populations in Arizona are at a higher risk for suicide: American Indians, those age 65 and older, and veterans.
AHCCCS publishes an annual suicide prevention plan in collaboration with the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the national best practice model—Zero Suicide.
Some populations in Arizona are at a higher risk for suicide: American Indians, those age 65 and older, and veterans. Recognizing this, AHCCCS staff works alongside Arizona’s 22 tribal populations to provide support and resources, partner with community agencies who serve older Arizonans and collaborate with the Be Connected program to help end veteran suicides.
See the AHCCCS Suicide Prevention web page to learn how you can help end suicide in Arizona or to find resources for someone in crisis.