Welcome to the YSA

No matter what problems you are struggling with, hurting yourself isn't the answer. 
Reach out to one of the organizations below to talk to a counselor or call 410-768-5522 to reach the Anne Arundel County Crisis Warmline.
 Get through tough times
Trevor Lifeline:
Text "START" to 741-741


Many thanks to the cast, crew and staff from Broadneck High School for their amazing benefit pefromance of "Kiss Me Kate" this past Sunday, March 8th in support of the YSA! We'd also like to thank the Chesapeake Arts Center for use of their beautiful venue and their ongoing support; the Wood family for the beautiful "Belonging Tree" in remembrance of the dearly departed Chris Wood; our friends and partners at Woods Church and Building Life for making this event possible; the members of the Severna Park HS lacrosse team for their assistance at the reception.

Last - but certainly not least - we'd like to thank each and every person who attended this incredible event and joined us in our fight to end youth suicide in Anne Arundel County. Together we can help EVERY young person know they have a place to belong. Together we can save lives.

Proceeds from Sunday's event will fund mini-grants for suicide prevention (and related issues) for our local public and private high schools. More info to come!

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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  • 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 ...
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