I do hope you had a chance to rest and restore over the summer. As each of us return we face new challenges but also new opportunities. This week marks National Suicide Prevention Week. Our program heritage is as The Adolescent Suicide Prevention Project, having begun 16 years ago. YHC has a greatly broadened mission now, providing health knowledge and risk prevention through collaboration, respect, and connectedness with an emphasis on building resiliency.
We are working hard to foster coalition building and to push ahead in an effort to provide information, education, resources, early intervention and referrals for care. It is vital to continue working to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and to continue opening access to care. As adults who work with and care about youth, you are in a position to become “trusted, connected adults”. We know what an absolutely critical difference you can make in the life of a child or teen in need.
This year will be another busy one for YHC with the launch of our new web site, the publication of our peer training manual, “How Not To Keep A Secret”, and many educational events and programs. Thank you for your contribution to YHC and for making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.
Message from Barbara J. Green, Ph.D.