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When a young person dies by suicide, it destroys the incredible future they could have had and completely shatters the lives of their families, friends, and everyone who loved and cared for them.
Reported suicidal deaths are just the tip of the iceberg. Severe depression and suicidal thoughts are at epidemic levels.
Startling data from the most recent Healthy Youth Survey gives us a much clearer picture of the severity of the crisis.
Here's the good news, though.
Suicide is absolutely preventable, and education and awareness are the keys to prevention.
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Washington State releases new suicide prevention plan.
Published by the Washington State Department of Health, the new plan is the work of the State Suicide Prevention Plan Steering Committee, which included YSPP's Executive Director, Vicki Wagner; former YSPP Training Director Karyn Brownson; and many other suicide prevention experts from around the state.
The new plan is guided by the four Strategic Directions outlined in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, and promotes an "upstream" approach in preventing suicide.
One of those upstream approaches is creating more connected communities, the guiding principle behind our "Networks for Life" training.
"Connectedness reduces social isolation, a risk factor for suicide. Socially connected people have more opportunities to ask for or get help during a crisis, and families’ connectedness to community resources protects against suicide risk," the plan states.
Washington's suicide rate, including youth suicides, is consistently higher than the national average, with six counties having rates higher than the state average. In addition to these six counties with above average suicide rates, nine counties have self-injury rates that are significantly higher than the state average.
Many of our youth are in geographically isolated communities, where support for their experiences and access to behavorial health resources may be limited.
According to The London School of Economics, behavioral health interventions and suicide prevention activities, such as early diagnosis and treatment of depression, have a significant return on investment, and, in the long run, suicide prevention activities improve community wellness and saves lives.
Among the plan's recommendations for suicide prevention is expanding
peer-to-peer suicide support, education, and prevention programs; and improving the emotional health literacy of
education staff members and youth development professionals so that they may identify suicidal behavior earlier, and before it's too late.