The Central Shenandoah Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative is part of a statewide effort, coordinated by the Virginia Department of Health, to reduce the risk for suicide among Virginia’s youth, ages 10 to 24. Specifically, we work to:
Increase statewide public awareness about youth suicide and youth suicide prevention.
Help communities, schools, churches and youth service organizations to develop and implement comprehensive suicide prevention plans.
Teach “Suicide Prevention First Aid” (or “Natural Helper Training”) to a wide range of people who live, work, and support youth.
Improve youth access to appropriate prevention and intervention services.
Jane Wiggins, Ph.D.
Director of the Central Shenandoah
Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative
Please Note: The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia is not a crisis or emergency response center. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.