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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have also served as a major resource for suicide prevention, awareness and education. Their references are absolutely amazing!

Brief quotes only here. The references are remarkable for those who may find them of use:

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24,
and every year hundreds of thousands of young people engage in self-harm
incidents [2]. Many young people display red-flag behaviors in the
digital world before these incidents occur. The faceless nature of
online communication often emboldens children to reveal details about
their state of mind: leaving tell-tale indicators or “bread crumbs” of
their well-being. If parents, educators, and mentors are aware of the
risk factors and warning signs, connected technology can help them take
an active role in promoting healthy behavior and intervening in dangerous situations.

Risk Factors and Warning Signs are listed.
Upstander Action
Reduce Risk Factors

If you notice a young person struggling with depression
or alcohol/drug abuse, if you suspect they are being sexually or
physically abused, or if you witness or hear about emotional abuse,
especially in the form of cyberbullying—intervene. There is something
you can do to help. Talk to parents, talk to teachers, and take risk
factors seriously. If cyberbullying is occurring, make sure school
officials know about it. Risk factors are whole-community issues. They
must be addressed on multiple levels.
Increase Factors for Prevention

Studies show that young people who feel connected with their families
and communities are less likely to engage in suicidal or self-harm
behaviors. [7]
Encourage young people to make healthy and supportive
friends through involvement in school or other community groups and
projects. Do what you can to help young people integrate with their
When appropriate, connect with young people online. If you suspect
risk factors, or encounter suicide warning signs, you can help young
people get the help they need—whether it be counselling, peer support or
parental/teacher involvement.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010, August 24).
Suicide: Prevention Strategies. Retrieved from
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Facts at a Glance. Retrieved from
National Institute of Mental Health. (2010, September 27). Suicide in the U.S.: Statistics and Prevention. Retrieved from
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009, October 15). Suicide Prevention: Youth Suicide. Retrieved from
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. (n.d.). What are the Warning Signs for Suicide? Retrieved from
Hutchison, P. (2011, January 6). Facebook ‘friends’ mock ‘suicide’
of woman who posted goodbye message. The Daily Telagraph. Retrieved from
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d). Strategic
Direction for the Prevention of Suicidal Behavior: Promoting Individual,
Family, and Community Connectedness to Prevent Suicidal Behavior.
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