Nationally-recognized suicide attorney Skip Simpson of the Law Offices of Skip Simpson has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Suicidology, a non-profit organization devoted to educating the public about suicide and working to prevent future suicides.
“I am honored to be chosen to serve on the board for this important organization,” Simpson said. “I believe I can bring a wealth of knowledge to this charitable group about the legal implications of suicide, particularly for cases involving the wrongful death of someone by suicide. I also hope I can do my part for the American Association of Suicidology to bring more awareness to this extremely important issue.”
According to the American Association of Suicidology’s website, the “AAS is a charitable non-profit membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.”
The AAS’s goals match attorney Simpson’s focus at the Law Offices of Skip Simpson. As an attorney, Simpson focuses on teaching suicide prevention and prosecuting suicide malpractice cases throughout the country.
Death by suicide remains one of the leading causes of death for certain age groups in the United States. Among young people 15 to 24 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death, according to the AAS. Overall, an estimated 41,100 people of all ages die each year due to suicide, according to the AAS.
In most cases, more can be done to prevent suicides, according to Simpson. “Most people considering suicide give clear warning signs before they act on such thoughts,” Simpson said. “That’s why it’s critical that doctors properly diagnose someone seriously considering suicide. There’s no room error when it comes to such cases. That’s why I’m honored to work with families dealing with the loss of a loved one and proud to serve on the board of at the American Association of Suicidology.”