The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, Youth Suicide Prevention Program works in collaboration with The North Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force to address youth suicide prevention in North Carolina. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for ages 10-24 making it a serious public health issue.
The North Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force, led by the Division of Public Health's Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, developed Saving Tomorrows Today: North Carolina's Plan to Prevent Youth Suicide. The plan was published in October 2004 and offers comprehensive strategies for preventing suicides of youth between 10 and 24 years of age.
Core Task Force representatives include staff from the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch and the Children and Youth Branch in the Division of Public Health, Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (DJJDP), Division of Mental Health, Department of Administration's Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office, the Mental Health Association in North Carolina, the Attorney General's Child Victim Services, the Department of Public Instruction's Healthy Schools program and School Nurse services and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Social Work. Consultation is frequently received from LivingWorks USA (suicide intervention skills training program), Holly Hill Hospital, Mental Health in Schools Project and REAL Crisis Center (the only state certified and networked provider for the national suicide NATIONAL LIFELINE).
The youth suicide prevention plan prioritizes six goals for the state:
The task force responds to community and agency requests for education/awareness presentations, gatekeeper training, data, program networking and resource questions.
In September 2008, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch was awarded the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Grant to address youth suicide prevention in the state. The purpose of this grant is to address the public health problem of youth suicide among 10-24 year olds in North Carolina. The grant consists of two main activities.
People that have been trained in these curricula can be found under the list of resources in your county.
For more information about youth suicide prevention please contact: