Project Life is a Suicide prevention and awareness program.
The roots of Project Life go back to 2000, when a group of Key Club members were together at Leadership Camp. They realized that there was a problem with suicide, and made a plan to take action against it. At that point in time they had a name (Project Life) and an idea. Those students' idea: to raise awareness and prevention of suicide.
It has been almost 17 years since then, and today, we have a list of directives and a plan. Since that particular day in July, handfuls students and Key Club members alike have stepped up and have taken the necessary actions. And over the past eight years, the state of Montana suicide rate has dropped from the highest state, to the third highest. Every year, more and more Key Clubbers realize the importance of this program, and have begun to lend hands to the project. But, we can’t do it alone. With your help, we could lower the rate even farther than it already has.
There are some people who let the world pass them by, never taking the steps to ensure that no one gets left behind. Then there are those that fight to help those in need and bring awareness to a growing problem. Project Life is based on these people, and their principles.
Facts and Statistics
- In 2011, 39,518 people died by suicide. (CDC)
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. (homicide is 16th). (CDC)
- It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million survivors in this country. (AAS)
- An average of one person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes. (CDC, AAS)
- There are four male suicides for every female suicide. (CDC, AAS)
- Research has shown medications and therapy to be effective suicide prevention.
- Suicide can be prevented through education and public awareness.
- Last year SAVE educated 10,618 youth & parents on depression and suicide prevention.
- Last year SAVE received 810 requests for information from 72 countries.
- In 2004 it is estimated there were 811,000 suicide attempts in the US. (AAS)
- There are three female suicide attempts for each male attempt. (CDC, AAS)