The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has set a bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by the year 2025.
About Project 2025
Using guidance from thought leaders in suicide prevention research and practice, and system dynamics modeling, AFSP has identified four critical prevention areas that, by collaborating with other organizations, accrediting bodies, professional associations, and leaders in other industry sectors, can be targeted to significantly reduce the suicide rate and save more than 20,000 lives over a 10 year period.
These four critical prevention areas — Firearms, Healthcare Systems, Emergency Departments, and the Corrections System — represent the settings we must intervene in to prevent as many suicides as possible.▲ Back to Top
Firearms and Suicide Prevention = Save 9,500 Lives
If 50 percent of all individuals who purchase Firearms are exposed to suicide prevention education (assuming just 20 percent effectiveness of the education), then we can expect an estimated 9,500 lives saved through 2025.
Large Healthcare Systems = Save 9,200 Lives
IIf we can identify people who are at risk in Large Healthcare Systems (such as during primary care and behavioral health visits), and provide them with short-term intervention and better follow-up care, then we can expect an estimated 9,200 lives saved through 2025.
Emergency Departments = Save 1,100 Lives
If we improve the identification of people at risk for suicide in Emergency Departments, and provide them with short-term interventions like Safety Planning and include better follow-up care, then we can expect an estimated 1,100 lives saved through 2025
Corrections System = Save 1,100 Lives
If we can identify the key points of intersection between people at risk for suicide and the Justice System, then we can expect an estimated 1,100 lives saved through 2025.▲ Back to Top
Research and Project 2025
News about Project 2025
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Launches Project 2025 — AFSP’s official press release about Project 2025▲ Back to Top