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Mental health promotion and suicide prevention

Addressing suicide and depression are state priorities.


Youth mental health in Washington State:

  • 40 percent of 10th grade students report feeling so sad or hopeless for two weeks or more that they stopped doing their usual activities (Healthy Youth Survey, 2018).
  • One in 10 high school students report having attempted suicide in the past year (Healthy Youth Survey, 2016).


Mental health promotion strategies are being implemented throughout the state at local, county, and state levels, across the Continuum of Care that influence multiple domains and risk and protective factors. Here is a list of some state-wide initiatives focused specifically on mental health promotion and suicide prevention:

Reporting on Suicide is a recommended resource for media partners covering suicide. This resource explains how we can reframe a story on suicide to offer hope and encourage people to seek help. Best practices and guidelines for talking about suicide continue to evolve as we learn from research and the guidance of people who have attempted suicide or lost a loved one to suicide. Here is a current example of safe messaging.

We also encourage promoting local resources in articles. State services can be found at how to access Medicaid mental health services and mental health crisis lines by county2-1-1 is also a great place to find local resources.

In response to the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Grantee and State Initiatives Team has pulled together a list of key resources that may help in supporting schools, parents, and communities, as well as provide key information on safe and effective ways of messaging about suicide risk and prevention. 

A Teachable Moment: Using 13 Reasons Why to Initiate a Helpful Conversation about Suicide Prevention and Mental Health (AFSP/ASCA/NASP) (Webinar)

Tips for Parents for Talking with their Children about 13 Reasons Why and Suicide (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

Briefing in Connection with the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why (International Association for Suicide Prevention)

13 Reasons Why Talking Points (The Jed Foundation/Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)

13 Mental Health Questions about 13 Reasons Why (American Psychiatric Association)

13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)

The Trevor Lifeline (The Trevor Project)

SPRC Web Page for Suicide Prevention in Schools (Suicide Prevention Resource Center)

Information for Parents webpage (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide)

Not my Kid: What Parents Should Know about Teen Suicide (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide) (Video)

Action Alliance Framework for Successful Messaging (National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention)

2016 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey Mental Health Resource Guide

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Jen Hogge
Mental Health Promotion and Integration Supervisor