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CARF International Support National Effort to Prevent Suicides

CARF International supports the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action released last month by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the U.S. Surgeon General.

The revised suicide prevention strategy emphasizes the role every person can play in protecting friends, family members, and colleagues from suicide. It provides guidance for schools, businesses, health systems, clinicians, and other sectors. The new strategy takes into account nearly a decade of research and other advancements in the field since the previous strategy was published.

The Action Alliance is a public-private partnership that has identified suicide as a major public health issue that takes life without regard to age, income, education, social standing, race, or gender.

The alliance notes that state and local prevention efforts are having a positive impact, as shown by decreasing suicide rates among teenage and elder males -- two groups with high rates of suicide.

CARF President/CEO Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., was appointed to the Action Alliance executive committee when the alliance was established in 2010. Earlier this year, he accepted an invitation to continue to serve on the committee.

"I welcome any opportunity to make a difference in a life that can be saved," Boon said. "Suicide can affect all health and human services areas that CARF accredits. CARF is proud to contribute to the national effort to prevent suicides."

CARF's standards call for accredited service providers to have procedures in place for dealing with suicides and attempted suicides of persons served. In addition, CARF standards guide providers in the areas of risk assessment, prevention, diversion, and increasing public awareness.

Additional resources include:
  • The Surgeon General's website,, contains the full 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action report, news release, overview, factsheet, and public service announcement on how individuals can play a role in preventing suicide.
  • The Action Alliance website,, provides numerous resources for the public, employers, employees, and health and human service providers.
  • A recent news release from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),, highlights developments in the strategy to reduce suicide deaths.
  • A CARF article published in Newsweek Showcase, "Preventing and surviving suicide,", provides practical advice for responding to the warning signs of suicide and surviving suicide loss.
    A CARF news release in October 2010,, announced CARF's support of national suicide prevention efforts.

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