ACA Applauds the White House Agenda on Suicide Prevention

Apr 25, 2024

The American Counseling Association applauds the Biden Harris Administration for their historic move that marks a significant stride in mental health advocacy and public policy, the administration has unveiled the 2024 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, and the Federal Action Plan. This plan is the first ever comprehensive federal action plan on Suicide Prevention. This groundbreaking initiative is being hailed as a compassionate and decisive step towards addressing the mental health crisis that has long affected the nation.

The plan involves the collaboration of multiple federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The plan aims to reduce the suicide rate across the United States by focusing on early intervention, increased access to mental health services, and enhanced support for communities most at risk. Mental health professionals and advocates across the country are applauding the administration for its proactive and thoughtful approach to a complex issue that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainties, and access to care concerns.

The action plan introduces several key initiatives:

  • Expansion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which includes the implementation of the 988 dialing code, making it easier for individuals in crisis to connect with life-saving support.
  • Increased funding for mental health services, ensuring that those experiencing a mental health crisis have access to immediate and long-term care regardless of their financial situation.
  • Development of targeted programs aimed at high-risk populations, including veterans, LGBTQ+ youth, and Indigenous communities, acknowledging the unique challenges faced by these groups.
  • Integration of mental health awareness into schools and workplaces, promoting environments that are informed, safe, and supportive for individuals struggling with mental health issues.
  • A robust public awareness campaign to destigmatize mental health issues and encourage individuals to seek help without fear of judgment.

To learn more about the 2024 national Strategy for Suicide Prevention and Federal Action plan, visit

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