Youths trained in intervention skills can help stop a suicide through effective communication and an empathetic response. Extension professionals and community partners developed a layered approach to teaching suicide intervention skills, involving school staff, other community-based adults, and youths in a consistent community training process. According to postprogram retrospective surveys and changes in Youth Risk Behavior Survey trends, communities can reduce the risk of suicide, especially among young people, by implementing the approach.
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Lobenstein, M. (2018). Teaching Suicide Prevention Is Positive Youth Development. The Journal of Extension, 56(7), Article 10. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.56.07.10