AAWGT: Making a difference in our community!
2015 Grantee: ANne Arundel County Mental Health Association
Youth Suicide Awareness Program
From 2001 to 2010, the overall suicide rate for 10-19 year olds in the US was 2.3/100,000 and in Maryland, it was 3.5/100,000. In Anne Arundel County, during the same time period, the rate was 4.0/100,000. In 2008, in the wake of a devastating string of youth suicides, the AACo. Partnership for Children Youth and Families in collaboration with the AACo. Mental Health Agency, spearheaded the founding of the Youth Suicide Awareness (YSA) Action Team.
This group of citizens, county agencies and other child-serving organizations is now over 100 individuals strong with representation from over 20 county and community agencies and organizations.
This year, the third year of funding from AAWGT, the YSA Action Team plan to complete awareness training of 1,000 youth, parents, teachers and coaches in middle and high schools, (their target 13-19 year old cohort), as well as tutors and mentors. This training aims to increase identification and intervention for suicidal youth and further reduce suicide losses.
They also maintain a website, and they have developed a smart phone app, both of which provide easy access to information and crisis resource links.
They are now expanding their reach to Fort Meade where 50% of active duty military fall into the 10-24 age category. In this age group there are between 100 and 200 suicide attempts for every one that is completed. (This contrasts with 10 - 20 attempts for those aged above 24.)
With this grant, AAWGT provides for the salary of the Prevention Programs Coordinator; training and supplies; website hosting; and transportation costs.