Youth Suicide Prevention Project II

Project Dates: 10/1/2009 - 12/31/2012

Funded by SAMHSA through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, by the Oregon Public Health Division Youth Suicide Prevention Program is implemented in 22 counties and Tribes.

The project activities include:

  • a coalition;
  • community awareness campaigns;
  • gatekeeper training;
  • attempt reports by emergency departments to document patient access to community resources after discharge for treatment for a suicide attempt and use of those data to determine the need for outreach;
  • comprehensive high school based RESPONSE program;
  • and evaluation.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among youth. The goal is to reduce suicide among youth aged 15-24. Dr. Coleman is the lead evaluator of the project, collecting evaluation data for the national cross-site evaluation, and designing and conducting specialized local evaluation.