PR Newswire

May 8, 2000

National Survey Shows that 45 Percent of Americans Know a Friend or Relative Who Attempted Suicide


According to a national survey released today by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), nearly half of all Americans had a close friend or relative who attempted suicide.


"More than 30,000 suicides occur in the U.S each year, making it the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds," said David Shaffer, MD, Irving Philips Professor of Child Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York and AFSP President.


The survey was made possible through an educational grant from Pfizer Inc.

SOURCE American Foundation for Suicide Prevention