To reduce youth suicide attempts and deaths in Washington State.
YSPP envisions a state where youth suicide is a rare event, where young people are nurtured and supported, where individuals and families are aware of risk factors for suicide and actively seek help from accessible, effective community resources. We seek to break the taboo that suicide is something you shouldn’t talk about, and to change the public's resistance by acknowledging the problem with pro-active awareness and prevention efforts.
YSPP began as a program under the Washington State Department of Health at the University of Washington School of Nursing in 1995 and incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2000. We are now considered a leader in the area of youth suicide prevention and have received regional and national recognition for our work.
Who We Serve
Our primary beneficiaries include youths ages 10 – 19. We also serve parents and families, faculty and staff members at secondary schools, medical and social service professionals, and community members who work with youth. Last year our programming reached approximately 30,000 people. Although we are a statewide agency, a large percentage of our resources are spent in the Puget Sound area as it is the state’s population center and two of its counties (Pierce and Snohomish) have youth suicide rates that are among the highest in the state.
What We Do
YSPP is a prevention education organization focused on reducing suicidal behaviors among Washington State’s youth. We work towards this goal by providing programs and services to raise public awareness, facilitate training, and support communities in action to confront the issues of suicide and self-violence. We believe that if more adults and young people know how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, and feel competent about what to say and what to do, we could comfortably seek help for a suicidal youth and prevent many of these unnecessary tragedies. We operate from a single office in Seattle, and have field coordinators in targeted communities throughout the state, and three care coordinators providing intervention, connecting those in our most vulnerable communities to direct services.