Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts

Four Corners Health Departments promotes mental health and invests in suicide prevention. This year we are increasing our focus on youth suicide prevention, specifically in youth ages 10-19. We need community members to share concerns and successes so that we can strengthen programs that are already in place.

To help Four Corners in planning for our District, community members are invited to attend a virtual focus group, to share their thoughts and concerns about youth mental health. Please plan to attend one of these four options. All will be held through zoom.

We also would like community members to complete an online youth mental health survey. It takes about 7 minutes to complete and can be found at this link: https://go.unl.edu/fchd

The feedback gathered from both the focus groups and the survey will be used to set goals and priorities, identify opportunities for improvement, and celebrate successes in implementing the youth suicide prevention efforts in our District. Therefore, with your input, we will measure our progress and provide guidance in how we, as a community, support children, youth, and young adults in need.

To strengthen existing programs and equip stakeholders, there are several workshops and trainings being held with a focus on suicide prevention in youth as well.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) training is a powerful toolset to help us care for others as well as ourselves. Participants create a personalized system of wellness tools and action plans. These tools can be used for a lifetime. The training will be held in person at Seward Memorial Library March 25th 9:00 AM- 12:30 PM and March 31st 9:00 AM- 12:30 PM. You must attend both sessions. To register, contact Four Corners.

Other training opportunities are being offered directly to schools. A School Counselor Suicide Risk Screening Training is being held for area schools and colleges. Additionally, Four Corners is supporting our local schools in implementing more Hope Squads.

To become more involved in suicide prevention efforts, attend the Seward County Suicide Prevention Coalition’s Walk for Hope at Plum Creek Park in Seward. The walk will be April 2nd from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Save the date and watch for more details to come.

Suicide can be prevented. 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

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