Welcome to the Youth Council for Suicide Prevention
If you're thinking about suicide, please call 513-281-CARE, the local Cincinnati suicide hotline.
The lack of education about suicide at school leads to people not understanding suicide and feeling like there is a lack of social support. To prevent suicide, we need to address concerns about how others react, target social media, and make use of small groups.”
Most Recent Events
The Cincinnati Youth Council for Suicide Prevention is returning to the Student Service Leadership Exchange Conference for the 4th year in a row on September 25th at 9:15am. The workshop is an opportunity for community- based organizations to present themselves to students in various high schools. In 2016, YCSP won the Mini Grant Philosophy Challenge award for our presentation.
YCSP is comprised of 28 youth from 11 different schools who design and participate in various research projects centered on suicide. Past projects have included: advising researchers on suicide screening in the emergency department through questionnaires and concept mapping, interviewing peers about effective suicide prevention communication strategies, surveying peers and parents about effective strategies for encouraging communication about suicide prevention, and presenting research at three regional high school conferences.
All youth members participate in council activities on a voluntary basis, many motivated by their own personal experiences with suicide. The YCSP was also selected by the youth conference attendees to win a grant for outreach expenses. The YCSP has also held a booth at 1N5's annual Warrior Run for two years, with interactive activities to get the community engaged in suicide prevention.
In order to address the prevalence of adolescent suicide in the Greater Cincinnati region, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center developed the Youth Council for Suicide Prevention in 2013 as a community-academic research partnership between the emergency department and area youth. Today, the YCSP also partners with 1N5, a non-profit focused on mental health awareness and education, and the Office of Innovation and Community Partnerships at University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.