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September is the “Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness Month”

Following the declaration ofArizona state governor, Doug Ducey, September is “Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness Month,” The New Foundation is stepping up to share what people can do to help in their own family, school, workplace, church, and community.

For middle and high school age youth (ages 12-18), suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death. Overall, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for our youth ages 10-24. (2013 CDC WISQARS)

The New Foundation encourages families, friends, and educators to be aware and listen to warning signs of a suicide attempt. For prevention efforts to work, our challenge is to share the warning signs list and encourage discussions about what to look for and then listen.

According to The Jason Foundation, four out of five teens who attempt suicide give clear warning signs. Here are a few of those CLEAR WARNING SIGNS: Talking about suicide; making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless; a deepening depression; preoccupation with death; taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior; out of character behavior; a loss of interest in the things one cares about; visiting or calling people one cares about; making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order; and giving prized possessions away.

At The New Foundation, our staff works to strengthen families through intervention, education and treatment, while delivering services for substance abuse, addiction, and mental health. We help youth ages 11 to 17 to heal and grow turning challenges into opportunities.

The New Foundation AZ is a community-based nonprofit organization serving Arizonafamilies by providing behavioral health, recovery and education services for more than 300 children each year. Since 1970, the New Foundation AZ has served more than 10,000 youth ages 11 to 17 who struggle with mental health or substance abuse challenges find safety, stability and build new foundations. With a positive therapeutic approach, there are opportunities for youth to change behaviors and achieve goals in both the Residential Programs and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). Services are based in adolescent developmental research addressing the unique needs of each child and family. The Marion Burton School is accredited providing on campus education. If you are interested in learning more visit our website http://www.thenewfoundation.org and if you or our organization is interested in volunteer opportunities or becoming a community partner, email [email protected].

Media Contact: The New Foundation, The New Foundation, (480) 945-3302,[email protected]

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