Protective factors

According to the CDC Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth 15 to 24 years old, surpassing automotive fatalities. The fastest rising age group for suicide completion is 10 to 14 years old. Overall suicide completion rates have surged to a 30 year high in America.

 
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RISK FACTORS & PROTECTIVE FACTORS


40 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS

These are essential qualities of life that help young people thrive, do well in school and avoid risky behavior.

Community Resource and Youth in Crisis Coalition partner Kids Matter relies on the 40 Developmental Assets framework to empower youth, their parents and the community. Grounded in extensive research in positive youth development, resiliency, and prevention, the Developmental Assets represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive. Because of its basis in research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become the single most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.


TALKING TO YOUR TEENS
ABOUT SUICIDE

 

In addition, the week of May 14-18 is National Prevention Week with Friday, May 18’s health theme being Preventing Suicide. Here’s a link to a helpful blog post “7 Essential Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Teen Suicide”

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
ABOUT SUICIDE

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ABOUT SUICIDE

A presentation by Loyola University Chicago professor, author and suicide intervention expert Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW, who served as keynote speaker at Naperville School District 203.