CDC Releases Suicide Report Among Lesbian and Gay Males

The Centers for Disease Control recently released the first known study regarding suicides deaths among lesbian and gay individuals. Suicides among Lesbian and Gay Male Individuals: Findings from the National Violent Death Reporting System is a summary of multi-state surveillance system data.

The report found a great presence of physical heath, job, and relationship problems among gay male decedents, and intimate partner/other relationship problems among lesbian decedents. Diagnosed behavioral health conditions and a history of suicide planning and intent were also more common for both lesbian and gay males.

The findings are important to public health to better target culturally sensitive programming for the lesbian and gay population. Data used for the survey was gathered from the National Violent Death Reporting System from 2003-2014 from 18 US states.

For more information on the report contact

Arizona’s state suicide prevention plan is being reviewed March 18, 2019 at AHCCCS. For information about the meeting, contact


Suicide Prevention Training Offered

safeTALK, a nationally recognized suicide prevention training,  will be offered to interested community members in northern Arizona.  The training is presented by two community partners: MATFORCE, and Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yavapai County.

SafeTALK teaches participants to recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts, how to engage with someone considering suicide, and how to connect with available community resources. The training costs $20, which includes a participant resource kit.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 1
WHERE: Step One Coffee House, 6719 E. 2nd Street, Prescott Valley, AZ.
To register for the event, visit:\

One of the goals of the Arizona State Plan to End Suicide is to encourage community members to be trained in safeTALK. For more information about the state plan, or about suicide prevention efforts in Arizona, contact Kelli Williams:



Parents Invited to Suicide Prevention Conversation Feb. 25

Officials from Chandler Unified School District have partnered with the State of Arizona’s Attorney General’s office to provide a community presentation on suicide prevention. At 6 pm, Monday, February 25th, Leslie Russell from the Attorney General’s office will present regarding the signs of suicide, how to identify warning signs, and what risk and protective factors there are for youth suicidality. Be Smart, a community agency, will also be providing free gun locks during the event.

WHEN: 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25
WHERE: Chandler Center for the Arts: 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler
ADMISSION: Free, but reserve tickets

All parents are invited to attend. The presentation will also be provided in Spanish.

AHCCCS, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education, is working to improve access to behavioral health services in schools statewide. This is one strategy to reducing suicides in Arizona. To participate in the upcoming statewide suicide prevention plan meeting to be held March 18th at AHCCCS, email suicide prevention coordinator Kelli Williams: