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Youth Suicide Prevention Projects

The CDPH’s Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) is administering the following two new youth suicide prevention projects as part of the CalHHS-sponsored Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI):
  • The Youth Suicide Prevention Media and Outreach Campaign
  • The Youth Suicide Reporting and Crisis Response Pilot Program
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Youth Suicide Prevention Media and Outreach Ca​​mpaign

The Youth Suicide Prevention Media and Outreach Campaign was established through one-time funding in the Governor’s 2022–2023 Budget to develop and implement a data-driven, targeted, community-based youth suicide prevention media and outreach campaign for youth at increased risk of suicide.

Project Components​

The Media and Outreach Campaign will serve youth who are American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN), Hispanic/Latinx, and African American/Black. These groups were selected due to having the highest suicide rate, suicide count and increase in suicide rate respectively between 2016 and 2021.  A portion of the funding was set aside for rural communities to ensure priority populations in both rural and urban areas are served. The Campaign and Outreach efforts will also apply an intersectional lens, recognizing the complexity of challenges people face due to overlapping identities and experiences. This includes youth who:
  • Identify as a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) community.
  • Experience mental health conditions and/or substance use.
  • Have been impacted by the foster care system.

Youth Suicide Reporting and Crisis Response Pilot Pro​​gram

The Youth Suicide Reporting and Crisis Response Pilot Program was established through one-time funding in the Governor’s 2022–2023 Budget to develop and test models for making youth suicide and attempted suicide reportable events. The pilot will also support models for rapidly and comprehensively responding to these events by providing crisis services and follow-up support in school and community settings.

Project Components

UCLA’s Agile Visual Analytics Lab (AVAL​) has been selected to serve as an independent evaluator of the Youth Suicide Reporting and Crisis Response Pilot Program.

UCLA will conduct internal evaluation throughout the project period, producing a final report specific to suicide reporting and crisis response efforts.​​

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