AAWGT: Making a difference in our community!
2014 Grantee: Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency
Youth Suicide Awareness Program
From 2001 to 2010, the overall suicide rate for 10-19 year olds in the US was 2.3/100,000 and in Maryland, it was 3.5/100,000. In Anne Arundel County, during the same time period, the rate was 4.0/100,000. This Youth Suicide Awareness project is operated under the supervision of the Partnership for Children, Youth & Families.
Funding from AAWGT enables the YSA Action Team to complete awareness training of 750 youth, parents, and teachers, and more intensive suicide first aid training for mental health professionals, adolescent caregivers and emergency responders to increase identification and intervention for suicidal youth and to further reduce suicide losses. The project plans to expand its growing volunteer capacity, complete additional training and education materials and promote and maintain its website. It also plans to host a County-wide educational summit for 300 individuals in partnership with Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church and the Anne Arundel County chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
AAWGT provided for partial salaries of the Prevention Programs Coordinator and the Partnership Director; training and supplies ; website hosting; Education Summit materials; and Outreach brochure development and printing.
Photo: YSA recently had a special event in collaboration with the students from Broadneck High School, the Chesapeake Arts Center and YSA member organization Building Life. The photo represents the concept "Belonging" and several youth speakers addressed this from different angles. The "Belonging Tree" stood in the lobby of the CAC during the event and people could pick a unique leaf to write a brief note paying tribute to a person or group or experience that made them feel like they belonged.