History

In June 1998, the family of a 13-year old 7th grader received the most devastating news a parent could ever hear. Their son had ended his life by suicide. The news shocked the people of the quiet, rural, Carson Valley.

In response to deep suffering and community need, a group of educators, clergy, community leaders, law enforcement and parents established a non-profit agency that is prevention-based to educate, inform and support community members.

The Suicide Prevention Network Board of Directors has made it their mission to spread awareness through education, intervention and support. The non-profit agency has partnered with other community coalitions to provide materials, training, conferences and support groups free of charge to educate the community on the warning signs and issues surrounding a person’s choice to end their life.


Statistics
According to 2014 Statistics, approximately 31,000 people in the USA kill themselves each year. One person intentionally ends their life every 17 minutes. It is estimated that an attempt is made once per minute.

• The real figure for completed suicides may be three to five times higher than this estimate because many, if not most, suicides go unreported.
• More people die by suicide than by homicide (murder) in the United States.
• More Nevadans die by suicide than by homicide or automobile accidents.
• Nevada has the 4th highest rate of suicide in the United States, nearly double the national rate.
• Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but is the 7th leading cause of death for Nevadans.
• Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for Nevadans ages 15-24 & 2nd leading cause of death for ages 25-35.
• Nevada has the highest elder suicide rate in the country.
• Suicide is the 6th leading cause of death for Native American males.
• Veterans comprise an estimated 20% of all completed suicides and female Nevada veterans are 3 times more likely to die by suicide than the general Nevada female.
• Each suicide leaves in its wake at least six bereaved family members and friends.
• Survivors of suicide are at a higher risk for suicide than the general public.

• Prevention is often a matter of a caring person, with the right knowledge, being in the right place at the right time and taking appropriate action.
• For every teen that dies by suicide, it is estimated that 100-200 teens have attempted. One of the biggest risk factors for completed suicide is a previous attempt.
• Discussing suicide does not cause someone to die by suicide.


At Suicide Prevention Network, we believe that by bringing awareness to the workplace, schools, service clubs and homes, we have the opportunity to reduce this devastating loss of life across all ages. We know that without action there will be increased numbers of suicides in the local area. We all need to work together to educate, inform & support our community and prevent additional tragedies.

Suicide Prevention Network (SPN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide. Donations which allow us to continue our work are gratefully accepted. Tax ID: 73-1646702