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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Planning in
Southern Nevada

Background and Program Development

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion staff is dedicated to reducing the suicide rate in Clark County through the development of a complete community program designed in accordance with the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action issued by the Surgeon General in 2001.

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The health district’s role in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention is the development and promotion of awareness.


  1. Promote awareness that suicide is a preventable public health problem.
  2. Develop broad-based support for suicide prevention.
  3. Develop and implement strategies to reduce the stigma of people seeking access to services for the treatment and prevention of suicide, mental health and substance abuse.

HDTV: A Place to Turn

The health district is working with the State Suicide Prevention Program, the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention and the Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium to develop public information campaigns designed to:

  • Increase public knowledge of suicide prevention.
  • Increase public understanding that mental and physical health are equal and inseparable components of overall health.
  • Increase public understanding that people pursuing mental health services, substance abuse treatment and suicide prevention can greatly improve their overall health.

The latest national statistics from the CDC reports the death rate for suicide (per 100,000 people) in 2010 for the state of Nevada was 20.3. Nevada had the 4th highest rate in the nation in 2010. The latest official national rate (per 100,000) is 12.4 for 2010.

To learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression, visit the Children’s Mental Health webpage.

Notice: This site is not intended as a crisis or hotline site.
Local and national crisis hotline numbers are below or call 911.
If you are – or someone you know is – in crisis, please call:
1-877-885-HOPE (1-877-885-4673)
Nevada Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


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