During National Suicide Prevention Week 2015, Bob Gebbia, CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, included the Campaign to Change Direction in an email to their contacts, saying,
“We need your help to reach out to family, friends, coworkers and classmates to spread the word that mental health is important, and suicide preventable.”
They also included results from their public opinion poll conducted with the Anxiety Depression Association of America and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Which they felt showed progress in shifting public perception of suicide prevention and mental health.
Highlights from that poll included:
- Nearly all respondents think suicide is sometimes or often preventable (94 percent).
- Adults (93 percent) would do something if someone close to them was thinking about suicide.
- Of those that have received treatment for mental health conditions, most thought it was helpful whether it was psychotherapy (82 percent), medication (78 percent) or another form of treatment.
- Two out of three people said they would tell someone if they were having thoughts of suicide.