Washington, D.C. - Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement on National Suicide Prevention Week, which is the week of September 8-14, 2013:
"I have personally seen the devastating impact of suicide on entire families. We lost my niece, Kayla, to suicide on October 6, 2010, and we are still haunted by her death. During National Suicide Prevention Week, it's important for us to remember the millions of Americans who have been impacted by this tragic problem, which is the 10th leading cause of death in America.
"It's time we do more to prevent suicide, whether it's helping veterans cope when they come home, improving our mental health system, and doing what we can to help family members take a more active role in the care and medical decisions of loved ones. My thoughts and prayers go out to all Americans impacted by suicide, and I look forward to a renewed investment in suicide prevention, education and research."
Suicide is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States, claiming the lives of 38,000 Americans annually resulting from over 1.1 million attempts. Iowa ranks just below the national average at 12.2 suicides per 100,000 people.
Ninety percent of individuals who die by suicide have had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death and 20 percent are veterans.
These figures and other resources and information on suicide can be found at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.