Youth Suicide Prevention & Intervention
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for our young people between the ages of 11 to 18 years old. Many of those who die by suicide display warning signs. We can help.
Currently offered in San Diego South County middle and high schools, HERE Now is a prevention and early intervention program to help youth recognize the warning signs of depression and suicide in themselves or a friend and how to seek help. Youth may receive assessment and linkage to mental health support if a need is identified.
The curriculum focuses on:
- Educating youth, their families, and the community on risk factors and warning signs using an evidenced-based curriculum called Signs of Suicide (SOS).
- Reducing the stigma around seeking help for themselves and for others.
- Working to support the school culture and environment to help youth thrive.
Virtual presentations are available for students, staff and parents in English and Spanish. Please contact Berenis Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Led by San Diego Youth Services, HERE Now is a five-year program funded through County of San Diego Behavioral Health in partnership with South Bay Community Services and North County Lifeline.
For your information
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those between the ages 11-18
- 90% of those who die by suicide display warning signs
- Depression is treatable and suicide is preventable
- Connect youth with a school counselor or someone who can refer to therapeutic services.
- Help youth build their support system (trusted adults, safe spaces)
- Utilize the ACCESS AND CRISIS HOTLINE 1-888-724-7240
- South Bay Community Services 619 -420-3620
- Call 911 if in imminent danger.
What does it mean when a child or teen is suicidal?
- A youth who is feeling suicidal is considering taking or planning to take their own life.
- In many cases, young people who consider or attempt suicide do not really want to die, rather they want the pain to end and see no other options.
- A suicide attempt can be a cry for help. It is our responsibility to respond.
What are some signs?
- Lack of interest in activities or surroundings
- Increased irritability, moodiness or aggressiveness.
- Changes in relationships/friendships
- Lower academic performance/grades
- Statements about not wanting to live anymore
- Death themes in reading, writing, or internet searches
- Self Injury