A suicide occurs every 13 minutes in the United States. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a public-private partnership of which EDC is secretariat, is researching fundamental questions about predicting and preventing suicide.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for children and teens. Julie Goldstein Grumet of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC advises schools to offer staff suicide prevention training and to increase awareness of the issue.
EDC and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) will cohost Youth and Justice: Joining Forces to Strengthen Innovation and Impact, an international forum to discuss approaches to improve the criminal justice system and its nexus with youth.
Suicide attempt survivors are seeking a greater role in reducing the nation’s suicide rate. A new report from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, of which EDC is secretariat, describes ways they can be involved.
Most teens work by the time they graduate from high school. Although work can be a positive experience, it also has risks. Every year 100,000 teens are seriously injured on the job. To improve the safety of young workers, the center provides training for the staff of school and community-based job readiness and placement programs, preparing them to teach teens about occupational safety and health. The center also provides seminars, technical assistance, and resources to employers of youth and to other education and employment-related organizations serving youth.
The Tribal Youth Program (TYP) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Center addresses the need to strengthen American Indian and Alaska Native juvenile justice and other systems–education, mental health and social services, culture, recreation and employment programs–all critical to Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s mission of reducing juvenile delinquency, violence, child victimization, and increasing the safety of tribal communities.
Knowing the warning signs of suicide could help save a life. In this article in the Washington Post, EDC’s David Litts and Julie Goldstein Grumet discuss some common warning signs and offer resources for people at risk.
Through the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention, EDC helps college and community leaders develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies to reduce student problems related to alcohol and other drug use and interpersonal violence.
In this blog post, EDC’s Gustavo Payan discusses the epidemic of violence affecting youth in Honduras, and how an EDC program is providing them the opportunity to earn an education and a living despite the challenges they face.
EDC will host a forum to discuss the problem of exploding violence in Latin America. The forum, “Seeking Solutions to Youth Violence in Latin America,” will take place Thursday, November 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at EDC’s Waltham office. The event is cosponsored by the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (National Center) provides technical assistance and training to 106 federally funded Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grantees and 6 Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) grantees.
Specifically, the National Center provides technical assistance for an array of culturally competent, in-person, and electronic services to assist grantees in planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining program activities.
Child maltreatment is a serious but preventable public health issue. EDC conducted a comprehensive scan of child maltreatment prevention efforts in state public health agencies across the United States and of case studies in five states. Based on the findings from the environmental scan and the case studies, EDC identified eight key elements to enhance the primary prevention of child maltreatment.
Teenage Health Teaching Modules (THTM) is a successful, nationally-used, and independently evaluated comprehensive school health curriculum for grades 6 to 12. It provides adolescents with the knowledge and skills to act in ways that enhance their immediate and long-term health. The evaluation of THTM concluded that the curriculum produced positive effects on students’ health knowledge, attitudes, and self-reported behaviors.
Information from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC is cited in this story about state-mandated training for suicide prevention. Since 2007, Utah and 11 other states have approved versions of the Jason Flatt Act, which requires states to provide suicide awareness training to school employees, including teachers, nurses, counselors, school psychologists and administrators.
Many U.S. service members and veterans struggle with PTSD and thoughts of suicide. But as EDC’s David Litts explains, their own resilience and the support of those around them can help them overcome the challenges they face.