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Youth Suicide Prevention Web Site Launched in Pennsylvania
September 4, 2008

In 2001 Pennsylvania developed its youth suicide prevention plan, based on the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action. One of the goals in the plan is to "promote awareness that youth suicide is a public health problem that is preventable." On September 4 the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will launch the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative web site as one way to achieve that goal. This new site can be accessed at www.payspi.org. It provides information about the ongoing work in Pennsylvania and links to resources for professionals, youth, and families.

Suicide claims the lives of over 1,300 Pennsylvanians each year, an average of three and one-half lives each day. It is one of the leading causes of death for young people ages 15-24. Since the 1980s, Pennsylvania has made strong efforts to prevent youth suicide through programs such as the Student Assistance Program, Services for Teens at Risk STAR-Center, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and a variety of other approaches in local areas.

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