Suicides have become the second-leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States. More youth die by suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease. Why do people die by suicide? People who survive suicide attempts say they wanted to end the pain of feeling alone, like a burden, and hopeless. Anyone can be at risk of suicide if they become overwhelmed by stress and don't find their way to support.
Umatter is a suicide prevention program that promotes mental health, teaches self-care, risk assessment, coping and help-seeking skills to school staff, mental health and youth serving professionals, community members, and young people. Young people and adults learn to recognize and address depression and risk factors and build strengths through self-care and community action. Students receive knowledge and skills to recognize signs of depression and how to help.
Funds for Umatter will support work with 100 youth in 12 communities in New England. Youth will benefit from positive relationships with adults in the program, learn how to help other youth at risk, and gain from facilitating Action Projects. 100s more youth will benefit from their contact with Community Action Projects.
Vermont Suicide Prevention Center website
Umatter for Communities