Each day in the U.S. there are an average of over 5,400 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12. And in OC, the highest rate of increase in suicide attempts were by those between the ages of 15 to19. Often times, friends or peers are aware that a friend is experiencing suicidal ideation or in a dark place, however, they aren’t necessarily armed with the knowledge of what those warning signs are, or what to do with that information in order to support their friend and perhaps even prevent a suicide.
This is the insight driving the Orange County Health Care Agency and Be Well OC’s “Be a Friend for Life” youth suicide prevention campaign, focusing on the peers of those most at risk – which are LGBTQ, foster, and high-achieving youth - and aiming to empower meaningful action that can save lives.
The toolkit includes materials to help you and your organization reach out to help our youth and communities and people for whom English is not their first language. These will you in starting a conversation about suicide prevention.