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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | September 20, 2012

U.S. Surgeon General Issues Call to Action for Suicide Prevention:
Find Youth Suicide Data for Your County

A newly released report from the Surgeon General renews a 2001 call to action to prevent suicide in the U.S. The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action sets forth a national agenda to guide suicide-prevention activities over the next decade. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24 nationwide and in California.

According to recently updated data on, while the youth suicide rate has decreased in California over the last 15 years, the state still had 457 known suicides among ages 5-24 in 2010. See the number of youth suicides in your county>>

The Surgeon General report states that suicide remains a serious public health issue, and the problem goes beyond death - for every suicide, more than 30 others attempt suicide. Among U.S. youth, nearly 16% in grades 9 to 12 report having seriously considered suicide. See the report for ideas about effective strategies to prevent suicide.

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Do you need data about children and families for your grant proposals or reports? Please join us on Wednesday, October 3, for a free, two-hour workshop on how to make the best use of data from in your work. The workshop will be held at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, 400 Hamilton Ave, Suite 340, Palo Alto, California, and begins at 9 a.m. (light refreshments will be provided). Space is limited, and registration is required. RSVP now>>

At this workshop, you will learn how to find the data you need, tailor the data format for your proposal or report, export data for analysis, and use your findings in grant proposals. We encourage you to bring your own laptop so you can explore during the session. Mascot
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Despite fluctuations, California's youth suicide rate (ages 15-24) has largely declined in recent years. Mascots is a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation of Children's Health, which uses data to promote the health and well being of children.
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