Shocking New Data on Teen Suicide, You Can Reverse the Trend

Thanks to our members and partners, over 1 million children in Ohio received direct benefits from Ohio AAP programs last year. On behalf of those children, thank you for improving – and sometimes even saving – their lives with resources, such as bike helmets, safe sleep education, and books. Gun boxes are another item provided for Ohio’s families by the Ohio AAP. These boxes are part of the innovative Store It Safe (SIS) program, a unique initiative with the goal of “reversing the trend of irreversible actions” in 2020, in light of continuing data showing alarming developments in adolescent suicide.

Last week the Ohio Department of Health released data on suicide among Ohio adolescents, showing dramatic increases in the number of deaths over the past 10 years, particularly among younger children. The new data supports our efforts to expand the Store It Safe initiative, which was originally launched in 2016 and focused on gun storage to protect young children, to also address the growing concerns of teen suicide. With support from our members and partners, we are taking a three-fold approach to the expanded program:

  1. By increasing the knowledge of pediatricians, other healthcare providers, and school-based professionals, the Ohio AAP will improve the recognition of adolescent suicide risk through depression screening at every doctor’s visit in order to capture at-risk teens early.
  2. Encourage families with children and/or adolescents to lock up any firearms, medications, and alcohol to provide a barrier to these lethal means.
  3. Where possible, provide families with a lock box to encourage families to change their behavior in the home.

Today, we are launching our 2019 Year-End Campaign in support of the expanded Store it Safe program. “We know that suicide is the leading cause of death for children age 10-14 in Ohio, the 2nd leading cause of death for all adolescents, and the rates continue to increase,” said Melissa Wervey Arnold, CEO, Ohio AAP. “Our goal is to put a barrier between contemplation and action, and increase the knowledge of healthcare providers and parents so that we can help reverse this fatal trend.”

Our goal for this campaign is to raise $15,000 in additional funding, with at least $5,000 by December 31st. If we raise that amount, we will be able impact an additional 865,000 children and will adequately train 2,900 pediatricians across the state of Ohio.  We need your help to make it happen.

Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation of $50, $100 or whatever you can allocate to help us meet our goal and bring saving nearly 1 million children’s and adolescent’s lives? We simply cannot do it without you. Your support will make a real, lasting impact in the lives of Ohio’s children and adolescents.


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