Focus on Youth Suicide Prevention: Resource Guide 2012


In recognition of Suicide Prevention Week, September 9-15, 2012, and with the launch of the newly updated National Action Plan for Suicide Prevention, CSN has updated our resource guide on the critical issue of youth suicide prevention. Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death among youth 10 - 24 years of age, and, according to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 15.8% of students seriously considered attempting suicide and 7.8% of students attempted suicide one or more times in the 12 months prior to the survey.

To help state Maternal and Child Health and Injury and Violence Prevention programs respond to the needs of adolescents who are at risk for suicide, this guide contains data, research articles, updates on policy and legislation, evidence-based prevention strategies, tools for program planning, a list of national organizations that address youth suicide, and several special topics in suicide prevention, including: mental health, substance abuse, media, schools, bullying, special populations (LGBT, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and rural youth), and self harm.