Resources / Topic Areas / Suicide Prevention
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Suicide Prevention

Did You Know...

  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among Americans ages 15-24
  • 80% of suicide deaths are among men
  • An American dies by suicide every 16 minutes
  • 1.8 million Americans attempt suicide every year
  • 90% of people who die by suicide have a treatable mental illness or substance abuse disorder
  • Suicide rates are the highest among Americans 75 or older

In this section of EIC Online you will find science-based information about suicide tailored for entertainment creators. We all know that depicting depression and suicide can be tricky, especially with worries that viewers and sponsors might be offended or alarmed by references to suicide; however, approaching these issues with great care can carry more inherent drama than almost anything else. Depression can be a life-or-death situation–with those stakes, the drama is built in. This section of EIC Online is here to give you the information you need from experts and people who live with depression or have survived suicide.

If you would like to speak to an expert on suicide or any other mental health concern, or to set up a free briefing for you, your production or studio, contact EIC's First Draft service.

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