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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 over 70 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.

Messages & Newsworthy

  • 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
  • At Woodson high, suicide numbers too high to ignore Parents, teachers and students at W. T. Woodson High School in Fairfax have been reeling in recent months after two students died from apparent suicide within days of each other ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2014, 1:52 PM by John Odean
  • Newton Suicides: Is High-Achiever School Culture Breaking Our Kids? In Newton there have been three suicides in less than four months among our high school kids. To us, it feels like an epidemic. In general, the response of the ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2014, 10:38 AM by John Odean
  • "#FindMike - One Man's Internet Search for the Guy Who Saved His Life Six years ago, Jonny Benjamin stood dangerously close to the precipice of a busy bridge in London, planning to jump and end his life. Morning crowds rushed by the young ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2014, 11:38 AM by John Odean
  • "On Suicide" - a new blog by QPR Founder Paul Quinnett, PhD Dr. Paul Quinnett - clinical psychologist, suicidologist, and founder of the QPR Institute - has recently established a new blog entitled "On Suicide" where he plans to provide education, awareness and commentary ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2014, 7:39 AM by John Odean
  • Instructions for a Bad Day A great new video on how to get through a bad day. From Shane Koyczan and Pink Shirt Day Student Collaboration
    Posted Mar 10, 2013, 12:39 PM by John Odean
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