Year: 2022 Source: Spokane, WA: QPR Institute. (2022). 37 p. SIEC No: 20220339

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration more than 12 million adults seriously considered suicide in 2019, compared to approximately 48,000 who died by suicide. Seriously thinking about suicide is a kind of misery index, a painful mental torment that negatively impacts all aspects of life. Extrapolating from the US ratio to the 800,000+ deaths by suicide the World Health Organization estimates would mean that around the world each year perhaps 200 million adults suffer from sufficient psychological pain, suffering, and hopelessness that they give death by suicide serious consideration. Since present or projected mental health manpower will never be sufficient to  offer even one hour of a relief producing counseling session to these millions of people in pain (and not counting many more millions of youth), this paper proposes a scalable, affordable, and accessible partial  solution for community-based suicide intervention and prevention.