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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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    Posted Aug 11, 2014, 6:39 PM by John Odean
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    Posted Aug 11, 2014, 6:26 PM by John Odean
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    Posted May 14, 2014, 11:11 AM by John Odean
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    Posted May 9, 2014, 7:39 AM by John Odean
  • Newspaper coverage linked with youth suicide clusters Detailed, high-profile newspaper stories about individual suicides may have played a role in creating suicide clusters among young people, at least in the 1980s and 1990s, a new study ...
    Posted May 2, 2014, 9:47 AM by John Odean
  • After six Woodson High suicides, a search for solace and answers The final evening of Jack Chen’s life was indistinguishable from many others. The sophomore returned home from school, ate dinner with his mother and retired to his room. His ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2014, 1:56 PM by John Odean
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