Building Life Skills, Connectedness, and Resilience in Youth
Date Posted: 11/19/2019
Several years ago, Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. (NACA) in northern Arizona noticed that more than half of the youth at the local detention center were Native American. NACA was determined to change this trajectory for other Native youth and keep them out of the juvenile justice system by building their life skills and resilience to adversity.
Jason Foundation gets involved in Suicide Prevention Month
Date Posted: 9/3/2019
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. National Suicide Prevention Week is September 8 – 14, 2019, with World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th. During this month,week and day, individuals and organizations alike will be drawing attention to the problem of suicide and advocating the prevention of this terrible tragedy. All around the nation, suicide prevention organizations will be conducting prevention and awareness events. The Jason Foundation is currently planning events to help spread awareness during this week and month.
CA requiring suicide prevention hotline printed on junior high, high school student ID cards
Date Posted: 8/15/2019
As junior high students and high schoolers head back to school, they may spot a new addition to their ID card. It's a phone number, 1-800- 273-8255, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This year, all California students in junior high and high school are required to have the National Suicide Prevention Hotline phone number printed on their ID cards.
California law puts a suicide hotline number on school ID cards
Date Posted: 8/15/2019
A law that went into effect in July requires schools to print the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on student ID cards for seventh- through 12th-graders in public, private and charter schools.
Reconnecting Youth Helps Students Make Positive Changes
Date Posted: 8/8/2019
My favorite program to facilitate as a Youth First Social Worker is Reconnecting Youth (RY). This program is taught in a high school classroom setting and is co-facilitated by Youth First Social Workers and trained teachers.
In June 2010, seven educators in La Crosse County completed Coping and Support (CAST) training funded by a 3-year grant from the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance. This grant focused on reducing truancy, alcohol and drug abuse, violence and gang participation in high school students.
Close your eyes and envisage the building on the corner of Alder and Third Avenue. What comes to mind? The hospital, of course. And, when you think about the hospital, what do you think about? Getting hurt, getting sick, having to have tests to find out what’s wrong with you, or maybe if you’re lucky, See’s Candies. Whatever it is, it’s usually about the services contained in that block of concrete.
California’s MTSS focuses on aligning initiatives and resources within an educational organization to address the needs of all students. It is an integrated, comprehensive framework for local educational agencies (LEA) that aligns academic, behavioral, and social-emotional learning in a fully integrated system of support for the benefit of all students.
In the summer of 2011, Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, KS, sent five fabulous and passionate staff members to our annual Seattle RY Facilitator Training. Blue Valley Academy Principal, Valerie Jennings, wrote us in February to say that the RY Program was going so well in their district that “we met with the high school principals who do not have RY … and all of them are wanting to offer RY in their buildings next year!"
Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. In fact, many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Other problems often contribute to suicide, such as those related to relationships, substance use, physical health, and job, money, legal, or housing stress. Making sure government, public health, healthcare, employers, education, the media and community organizations are working together is important for preventing suicide. Public health departments can bring together these partners to focus on comprehensive state and community efforts with the greatest likelihood of preventing suicide.
The Public Health Agency of Canada reviewed the science-based prevention program Coping and Support Training (CAST) and subsequently added it to their prestigious Best Practice Portal. You can read their summary and independent review on their website.
CALIFORNIA LAW SPURS REFORMS AFTER SUICIDE CLUSTER
Date Posted: 6/19/2019
In an effort to address youth suicide, a new law in California requires schools to establish suicide prevention programs for students in grades 7 to 12. The state law mandates that schools have suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention procedures in place by the start of the next school year.
Five high schools in western Colorado added Reconnecting Youth to their course offerings thanks to a Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant grant from the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health. The program is run by Mpower, a non-profit that provides programs to young people.