Authors: (Hatim A Omar, Division of Adolescent Medicine and Young Parent programs, Kentucky Clinic, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Childrenís Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America)
Abstract: This book is really a reflection of the past 15 years of work with teens and suicide
prevention in the state of Kentucky. The work to establish the ―Stop Youth Suicide
Campaign (SYS)‖ has resulted in contact with many young adults and we have found that
the most important thing for all of them, was finding a caring person they trust and can
talk to. Because of the constant need, the SYS went from a goal of one year awareness
campaign to a major community resource, to work with the state and local governments
and state legislators to add as many resources as possible. We have witnessed for the 1st
time a drop of youth suicide rates below the national average according to the 2013
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance done biannually by the Center for Disease Control. In
this book we will tackle various topics and specific populations in relation to suicide
written by people who work with teens and care about them.
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