Blog Post: Youth Suicide Prevention

Saving Lives: The Importance of Suicide Prevention and Awareness

  • September 19th, 2023
  • By Pathway Caring for Children

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Youth suicidal ideation/thoughts, attempts, and completion are on the rise. Results from the Youth Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System show that 22% of high school students seriously considered attempting suicide. Since 2011 that is an 8% increase. This statistic is not ok. Suicide is preventable. More info HERE:

Suicide is a complex and deeply troubling issue, but it’s one that we can address through education, awareness, and intervention. QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, is a powerful tool that equips individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to help someone in crisis. More info HERE:

  1. Question: The first step involves asking a direct question to the person at risk, such as “Are you thinking about suicide?” This can be difficult, but it’s crucial to break the silence and let the person know you care.
  2. Persuade: If the person does admit to having suicidal thoughts or a plan, encourage them to talk to a mental health professional, a counselor, or a trusted person in their life.
  3. Refer: The final step is to assist the person in finding the appropriate help. This could involve connecting them with a mental health crisis line, a therapist, or a support group.

Why QPR Matters:

  1. Early Intervention: QPR allows for early intervention when someone is in crisis.
  2. Reducing Stigma: By openly discussing suicide and mental health, QPR helps reduce the stigma surrounding these issues. When people feel comfortable talking about their struggles, they are more likely to seek help.
  3. Community Involvement: QPR training can be provided to individuals and organizations in the community, including schools, workplaces, and healthcare settings. This widespread training creates a network of support, ensuring that more people are prepared to help those in need.
  4. Empowerment: QPR empowers ordinary people to make a difference in the lives of others. You don’t need to be a mental health professional to save a life; you just need to care and be willing to act.


Suicide prevention and awareness through QPR are vital components of a compassionate and supportive society. By learning and practicing QPR, we can break the silence surrounding suicide, reduce stigma, and, most importantly, save lives. Each of us has the power to make a difference, and together, we can create a world where no one feels so alone and hopeless that they see suicide as their only option. Let’s prioritize suicide prevention and spread awareness because every life is worth saving.

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