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.