Young people are dying by suicide

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24 years old. The first leading cause of death is accidents. What this tells us is that youth are not supposed to die.

Data collected within school settings in Montgomery County revealed that a majority of students identified feeling sad and anxious for weeks without knowing why. Even more alarming, a third of these same students felt like these feelings would continue for the rest of their lives.

When emotional pain outweighs hope, the risk of suicide increases. We are not talking about this enough. We need to reach youth before the point of crisis.

There is hope.

Access Services is committed to be a regional leader in the conversation of suicide. Hope 4 Tomorrow brings critical training on suicide prevention and mental wellness directly to where students are, middle and high school settings.

Young adults who have lived experience with mental health challenges, and have successfully navigated the recovery process, share their stories of recovery. These stories help youth who may be experiencing similar struggles to connect with someone their age and be encouraged that there is hope and things can get better.

The Hope 4 Tomorrow presentation utilizes anonymous polling data. This data, which is collected and shared in real time, allows those in the assembly to see how many of their peers are struggling. It also allows schools to have data that will help them in developing a culture of wellness.

Each presentation concludes with resources that youth can easily access to manage their mental health, or to refer a friend in need to. In Montgomery County this includes the Teen Talk Line, a program provided by Access Services that allows teens to anonymously text or talk with peers about whatever struggles they are experiencing.

Expanding Our Impact

Hope 4 Tomorrow expands beyond the assembly program. The project also helps schools deliver QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training to students and faculty. QPR is a proven suicide prevention curriculum designed to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors. It provides the three simple steps anyone can take to help save a life from suicide.

In 2018-2019:
– 105 QPR training were planned and implemented with various community partners
– 632 staff members were trained
– Over 1500 high school students were trained

You Can Help

This Giving Tuesday (Dec 3), you can join the global day of giving by choosing Access Services as your charity of choice. Your gift will help expand Hope 4 Tomorrow into additional counties across Pennsylvania, providing life saving training to youth.

Visit our Giving Tuesday 2019 Facebook page for campaign updates and to invite your friends to join the cause on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019!

Giving Tuesday is a world wide movement that brings people together for a day of giving back with the ultimate goal of a more just and generous world.