Improving Outcomes in Harm Risk Behavior Module A. Societal View
In the United States, suicide is the tenth most common cause of death—but, as this module explores, it is still cloaked in stigmas and misunderstanding. This module begins by looking at the shifting attitudes toward suicide over history—at some points seen as a honorable way to die, and otherwise shrouded in shame for centuries—and breaks down the current prevalence of suicide in the U.S. by age, gender and geographic area. Next, the module looks at economic burden of suicide, as it falls on both patients and the families affected by both attempted and successful suicides. Finally, the module details how the current edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has made changes to identify patients more vulnerable to suicide (including those who suffer from anorexia or PTSD), and how those patients should be assessed for risk.