Suicide Prevention Tips for EMS
Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties
The Crisis Clinic offers help in times of need at no cost, 24 hours a day. Crisis Clinic Youth Help Line, 360-586-2777.
Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP)
The YSPP envisions a state where youth suicide is a rare event, where young people are nurtured and supported, where individuals and families are aware of risk factors for suicide, and actively seek help from accessible, effective community resources. To that end, they focus on public awareness, training, and communities in action.
CDC Suicide Prevention Resources
Every 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide in this country. And for every person who dies, there are many more who think about, plan or attempt suicide. A CDC study examines that pattern among adults 18 years and older, and gives specific state and regional data.
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death for all Americans. In 2007, more than 34,000 people committed suicide in the United States - one death for every 15 minutes. In addition, an estimated 395,000 people were treated in Emergency Departments for intentional, nonfatal self-inflicted injuries.
Most people are uncomfortable with the topic of suicide. Too often, victims are blamed and their families and friends are stigmatized. As a result, people do not communicate openly about suicide and an important public health problem is left shrouded in secrecy, limiting information needed for prevention research.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works to prevent suicidal behavior before it occurs. For more information on suicide prevention in your community, visit
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center SPRC
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
- Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) website
- WA State Dept of Health Youth Suicide Prevention website.
- The National Institutes of Mental Health website offers information on suicide prevention including how to identify who is at risk, how to respond if you suspect someone is considering suicide, and prevention. Additional information on suicide prevention.
- The WA State Dept of Health and the University of Washington School of Nursing, a dedicated group of advocates and people who lost family and friends to suicide, have joined together and created the WA State Plan for Youth Suicide Prevention.