Child, Youth / Adolescent specific

Oregon’s Youth Suicide Prevention Plan: A Call to Action

The State of Oregon has completed its own targeted Suicide Prevention Plan aimed at reducing the number of youths who die by suicide. This plan identifies15 strategies that emphasize three key prevention approaches: community education, integration of systems serving high risk youth, and access to full range of health care that includes mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services.

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

The mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs.

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide was founded in 2005 by two friends who lost teenaged children to suicide. After their losses, the men were shocked to learn that suicide was the third leading cause of death for America’s youth at that time and were determined to do whatever they could to protect other families from the devastation of suicide.

The JED Foundation

JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

Stop Bullying.gov

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Education released the first federal uniform definition of bullying for research and surveillance.

The core elements of the definition include: unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition. There are many different modes and types of bullying.

The current definition acknowledges two modes and four types by which youth can be bullied or can bully others. The two modes of bullying include direct (e.g., bullying that occurs in the presence of a targeted youth) and indirect (e.g., bullying not directly communicated to a targeted youth such as spreading rumors). In addition to these two modes, the four types of bullying include broad categories of physical, verbal, relational (e.g., efforts to harm the reputation or relationships of the targeted youth), and damage to property.

Bullying can happen in any number of places, contexts, or locations. Sometimes that place is online or through a cellphone. Bullying that occurs using technology (including but not limited to phones, email, chat rooms, instant messaging, and online posts) is considered electronic bullying and is viewed as a context or location.

YOU Cannot be Replaced

You Can NOT Be Replaced began in 2012 after the loss of a 7th student to suicide from our local high school. Our daughter Emily was a freshman with the first and a freshman in college for the last.

Frustrated that there didn’t seem to be an end and that the young people needed to be empowered to make an impact she blurted, ‘Don’t they realize they can’t be replaced?!’ We started the organization by chance with the purchase of 500 passable wristbands for local kids. One donation for more and then another and 5 years later we have 96,000+ circulating the USA, Canada, UK and Australia, We have events for local students, work closely with our schools and travel outside our community to speak at schools and other communities.

The Jordan Porco Foundation

The Jordan Porco Foundation was founded in 2011 by Ernie and Marisa Porco after they lost their son, Jordan, to suicide when he was a freshman in college.

In their grief, Jordan’s parents learned the unacceptable statistics surrounding mental health and suicide in the young adult population, and decided they needed to turn their grief into action so that other families would never have to experience such a profound loss.

The Jordan Porco Foundation is committed to preventing suicide in the high school, college, and college entry student population. Through awareness, education, and innovative programming, JPF is challenging stigma around mental health and help-seeking, creating open conversations about the prevalence of suicide and mental health issues in the young adult population, and saving lives.

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.