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
1-800-448-3000
Trevor Lifeline:
1-866-488-7386
Text "START" to 741-741
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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 20,000 people – including parents,  coaches, 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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  • What I Want My Son to Know About My Suicide Attempt As teenagers, my brother and I both attempted suicide. We both survived. A few years later, when we were in our early 20s, my brother attempted again. This time, he ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2015, 6:36 AM by John Odean
  • Rise in Suicide by Black Children Surprises Researchers The suicide rate among black children has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, while the rate for white children has declined, a new study has found, an unusual pattern that ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2015, 7:32 AM by John Odean
  • MIT eases workload, offers support after recent suicides Maggie Delano never scored below a 90 on a high school exam. But her first semester at MIT, she said, she got a 27 on a physics test and finished ...
    Posted May 27, 2015, 12:48 PM by John Odean
  • 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
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