Suicide rates have sharply increased by nearly 25% in the last two decades, according to a recent report by the CDC. The report was released within days of the recent deaths of designer Kate Spade and TV personality Anthony Bourdain and has reignited important conversations on suicide and mental health in the United States. Suicide now claims more lives than automobile accidents each year and some leaders in mental health field believe that our deteriorating mental health care system is partially to blame. At Charity Navigator, we believe we have a responsibility to elevate the voices of effective organizations that are advocating for and providing support and education to individuals and families that are experiencing mental illness. The highly-rated charities included in this list are recognized as leaders in the field of mental health and cover a broad range of activities ranging from support to education to advocacy. Consider supporting one today.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Or, text HOME to 741741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor through Crisis Text Line.