Learn the warning signs of suicide and what you can do to help yourself and others.

Each year in America more than 40,000 people complete suicide, and 70% of those people tell someone or give warning signs before taking their own life. Stop A Suicide Today! can teach you how to recognize the warning signs of suicide in family, friends, co-workers, and patients.

How to Help

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If you notice any suicidal signs in someone you care about, you are in a position to help - and act now.

Health Care Providers

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Learn the vital role that health care providers play in the recognition of suicidal individuals.


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Information to help you understand the complex range of factors that contribute to suicide.

About This Site

Stop A Suicide Today! was developed by Douglas G. Jacobs, MD as a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to help colleagues, friends and loved ones who may be depressed and/or suicidal. Stop a Suicide Today! is a program of Screening for Mental Health, Inc.

Douglas G. Jacobs, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is a nationally recognized expert on suicide and depression and a leader in the field of mental health. In 1991, Dr. Jacobs spearheaded National Depression Screening Day®, the first large-scale public campaign of mental health education and screening. The event’s success and his personal commitment to its continuance led to the founding of Screening for Mental Health, Inc., (SMH).

Screening for Mental Health Inc. (SMH), is the non-profit organization that first introduced the concept of large-scale mental health screenings in 1991 with its flagship program National Depression Screening Day®. SMH programs now include both in person and online programs for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol problems, and suicide prevention

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Tragically, suicide is a fatal response to a treatable illness, usually depression.

Douglas Jacobs, MD, President & Medical Director, Screening for Mental Health and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School