Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 – 24 nationally.
90% of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of death. 60% of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression – the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses.
Firearms account for 50% of all suicides. Firearms are used in more suicides than in homicides.
In 2012, The U.S. Surgeon General issued an updated U.S. National Strategy for Suicide Prevention that revised and reaffirmed the Call to Action issued in 2001.
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program®
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® is a community-based program primarily developed to address youth/teen/young adult suicide (ages 10-25) through public awareness campaigns, education and training and by helping communities build capacity. The program assists and empowers communities in identifying resources, building their infrastructure, and educating adults and youth alike through safe and effective suicide prevention messaging to ask for help for themselves and how to respond to others asking for help. The program helps reduce stigma associated with asking for help and strengthens the link between young people and professional help.
October, 2013 marks our foundation’s 16th anniversary of working to save lives in San Diego County. During that time we have distributed nearly 930,000 Yellow Ribbon Lifeline Cards and have provided comprehensive suicide prevention education for over 290,000 middle/high school staff, students and parents. In addition we provide suicide prevention presentations and training as well as technical assistance for government agencies, military, law enforcement, colleges, health classes, after-school programs, parent organizations, civic groups, service clubs, health & wellness fairs and community based organizations.
The Be A Link!® Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training and Ask 4 Help!® Suicide Prevention for Youth are listed on the Best Practices Registry: Adherence to Standards of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). The content of practices listed on the registry address specific goals of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and is found to meet standards of accuracy, safety and programmatic guidelines.
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