It is not uncommon for teens to think about suicide. Every year 1 in 5 teens seriously considers suicide and youth will most often seek help from their peers. It is imperative that youth are provided the tools to recognize other youth who may be at risk for suicide and the knowledge of how to respond if they are concerned. Studies have shown that youth peer training is an effective practice for education for youth. Designated a National Best Practice program, Yellow Ribbon utilizes a unique community-based model that increases the competence and confidence of youth to recognize and respond to suicidal individuals. Modified to be age and culturally appropriate, the curriculum follows the recognized safe messaging prevention practices.
Trainings and Presentations
Ask 4 Help!® Youth Suicide Prevention Training is a peer based training that includes empowering the audience to learn to use this vital life skill. The presentations and trainings are built to increase help seeking behaviors and links between peers and caring adults.
Youth Peer Leaders Training – communities have found that having youth trainers validates the importance of the topic among their peers, increases participation and promotes cultural acceptance around help seeking.
- Increased knowledge of warning signs, risk and protective factors of suicide
- Increased understanding of help-seeking behavior; how to ask for help for themselves and others
- Increased knowledge of resources and crisis contact (locally and nationally) using the simple lifeskill and tool – the Ask 4 Help!® Wallet card – with the step-by-step guide to ask for help and a national resource, 800-273-TALK (8255)
- How to respond to a friend, a cry for help.
- Increased empowerment of their own abilities by knowing the development of the Program and that youth can know how to, and do, make a difference.
Yellow Ribbon Standards for Safe and Effective Messaging for training programs
- Emphasize help-seeking behavior
- Teach Warning Signs, Risk and Protective Factors
- Teach about, and Identify, Resources
- Include appropriate Support Personnel (i.e. counselors, specialists, faith leaders, etc.)
- Don’t present descriptions of methods of suicide
- Don’t glorify or romanticize suicide
To learn more about our Training Programs or about communities that have existing Yellow Ribbon Programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org