Preventing Suicide in Youth

Communities work together to create a place where people can be safe, healthy, and thrive. When someone in their town is hurting, even to the point of wanting to end that pain through ending his or her life, people want to know what to do. They want to know how to help that person and family. They also want to know how to prevent other people from feeling this way.

Four Corners Health Department has a program focusing on preventing suicide, specifically in youth ages 10-19. There are many upcoming events and ways for the community to be involved as well. Here are a few coming soon!

A virtual QPR training will be offered on March 18th from 12 PM to 1:30 PM. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. These 3 simple steps can help anyone learn to save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Contact Four Corners to register for this virtual workshop.

Four Corners plans to engage partners and community members in Polk, Butler, York, and Seward Counties in focus groups to look at preventing suicide in youth. We will use the feedback gathered to set goals and priorities, identify opportunities for improvement, and celebrate successes in implementing the youth suicide prevention efforts in our District. With your input we’ll measure our progress and provide guidance in how we support children, youth, and young adults in need.

There are four dates and times to choose from if you wish to participate. All will be held through zoom.

Four Corners invites everyone to complete an online survey. By giving feedback, you are helping measure progress in how we support children, youth, and young adults in need. Results will provide guidance about areas needing attention from local and state stakeholders. Survey results will be used to assess what needs to be done for youth suicide prevention specifically in our District. The survey can be found at this link: https://go.unl.edu/fchd

Suicide can be prevented. The key is helping people to know what to look for and what to do. Many people show warning signs when they are thinking about hurting themselves. If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or go to your local emergency room.

For questions or to learn more about how to be involved in suicide prevention in our District, call Four Corners at 402-362-2621 or 877-337-3573 or email at info@fourcorners.ne.gov