For more than 20 years, YSPP has trained many thousands of youth and adults who work with youth to understand the signs of suicide and how to arrange for help. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of this mission for the past 5 ½ years, but it is time for me to move on to the next stage of life and retire.
In our efforts to find the best way to move the mission of YSPP forward, we are excited to announce that YSPP's Board of Directors has approved an offer for Crisis Clinic to take over our trainings and curricula. This transition will become effective in March.
For the past 20 years we have worked closely with Crisis Clinic, who shares our vision and passion for this work. In fact, we have been a Crisis Clinic subcontractor, providing suicide prevention training to adults in King County for the past seven years. Not only are they the 24-Hour Crisis Line for King County, but they also operate the statewide WA Recovery Help Line for people with substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health issues. They also operate Teen Link, a statewide peer-answered telephone and chat line for youth. In fact, we distribute Teen Link phone cards at all our youth trainings because it is such a great resource.
Teen Link trains more than 8,000 youth each year in suicide prevention. Crisis Clinic has a Community Training Division, which offers suicide prevention & assessment trainings for adults and youth. For these reasons, we believe they are a perfect fit to continue offering our specialized trainings to educators and other professionals.
We are glad our work will continue under Crisis Clinic's leadership, and we trust in their abilities to carry forward the mission of preventing youth suicide.
To our many supporters and donors, we express our extreme gratitude for all that you've done. You can continue to support the mission of preventing youth suicide by giving to the Crisis Clinic. We feel that the combination of the direct work they currently do and the prevention trainings and curricula added from YSPP will enhance suicide prevention in our state.
It has been my pleasure to serve as the Executive Director of the Youth Suicide Prevention Program. I have been honored to work with so many of you who share our vision, and I am grateful to the various service organizations that I've been fortunate to work with throughout my career. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or YSPP's board president, Scot Reynolds, at email@example.com Any questions regarding Crisis Clinic can be directed to Kathleen Southwick, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (206) 436-2980.
Once again, it has been an honor to serve this wonderful organization and to have your support. My best wishes to all of you.
YSPP Executive Director
P.S. To learn more about Crisis Clinic, visit www.crisisclinic.org.