“Suicide is a public health problem that requires an evidenced-based approach to prevention. The public health approach defines the problem, identifies risk factors, and causes of the problem, develops interventions evaluated for effectiveness, and implements such interventions widely in a variety of communities.”
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Suicide, 1999
The S.C. Prevention Task Force was formed in 2003 in response to the Surgeon General’s national call for action. Work of the task force culminated in the development of a state plan for suicide prevention. Both the Commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Governor signed this plan in 2004.
As an additional recommendation, the South Carolina Suicide Prevention Coalition was formed. The two goals of the coalition are:
- Promote awareness that suicide is a public health problem that is preventable.
- Develop broad-based support for suicide prevention, including the formation of a broad statewide coalition.
The South Carolina Suicide Prevention Coalition shall promote the awareness of suicide issues and related activities such as prevention, training, awareness events, and survivor support.
To learn more about the Coalition, you may contact: