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A Message From The YSA...

A place to begin: Suicide is one of the leading causes of preventable death in our nation today. We lose approximately 100 young people each week to this tragedy that can be prevented.

In 2008, in the wake of a devastating string of youth suicides, the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth & Families spearheaded the founding of a community-based collaborative of citizens, county agencies and other child-serving organizations to address this issue on a broad scale. This group, now known as the Youth Suicide Awareness (YSA) Action Team, meets monthly and is nearly 100 individuals strong with representation from over 20 county and community agencies and organizations.

The YSA believes that education is the key to prevention. Committed to that, we have implemented trainings that teach adults and youth how to recognize the signs and risk factors of suicidal ideation, open a dialog with a person in crisis, and get them into the hands of a mental health professional. To date, nearly 10,000 people – including parents, social workers, community groups, and all public school employees – have received this training.  In 2012 the YSA received both a State of Maryland Governor’s Citation and a Certificate of Recognition from the Anne Arundel County Board of Education for all of our suicide awareness and prevention efforts over the last four years.

Suicide is Preventable. Never be reluctant to get involved and always take any child/adolescent’s expression of intent to harm themselves seriously. If you suspect a young person of suicidal ideation, get them to professional help immediately.

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  • Preventing Suicide With A 'Contagion Of Strength' For Whitney Bischoff, high school was tough. On the first day of her freshman year, a childhood friend committed suicide. Things weren't any better at home — her father died ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2015, 12:19 PM by John Odean
  • How Facebook Is Helping Suicidal People Facebook will offer suicide prevention resources to users posting troubling messages.Facebook is going to give timelier help to users who post updates suggesting thoughts of suicide, the company announced ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2015, 12:19 PM by John Odean
  • Transgender teen's suicide note: ‘My death needs to mean something’ The suicide of a transgender teen is catching national attention in part because of a suicide note she left behind online. Leelah Alcorn, 17, of Kings Mills, Ohio, was struck ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2014, 8:05 AM by John Odean
  • House passes suicide prevention bill, Senate awaits The House on Tuesday passed sweeping veterans suicide prevention legislation as one of its final legislative acts of the year, but the measure still faces an uncertain fate in the ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2014, 7:30 AM by John Odean
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