Downers Grove Township is pleased to announce we are cooperatively working on proactive suicide prevention as a participating stakeholder of the Youth in Crisis Coalition.

According to the CDC, suicide completion rates have surged to a 30-year high in America. As of 2016, the fastest rising age group for suicide completions are adolescents 10-14 years old, with girls being the highest risk in that age group. It has become the second leading cause of death among youth 15-24 years old, surpassing automotive fatalities.

Suicide can be preventable. Right now, our biggest obstacle to effective prevention is silence. Silence that occurs among individuals in pain and silence within our communities. The Youth in Crisis Coalition was formed in direct response to the pain and impact suicide has already had on our communities in the greater DuPage County area. It is composed of a diverse group of stakeholders that represent municipalities, County agencies, schools, parents and non-profit organizations that serve residents within the Townships of Lisle, Downers Grove, and Naperville. Beyond the organizations and institutions represented, at the very core of this coalition we are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends, family, and peers within the impacted communities compelled by this issue to unite in obtaining sustainable solutions to reduce suicide rates. 

The Youth in Crisis Coalition aspirations are to:

  • Raise the visibility: We will break the silence and dispel stigma by making resources, information, and general dialogue more visible, and accessible to our communities.
  • Get Educated: We will increase education on mental health care, and crisis response to reduce the highest risk factors for suicide and self-harming behavior.
  • Take Action: We will create/evolve/enhance policies in our community spaces to affirm and enshrine proactive practices.  

This coalition is a starting point, a catalyst to activate our communities, to achieve tangible impact by remembering that we all have the potential to be agents of impact in our community!

Mark S. Thoman, Supervisor, Downers Grove Township

 

 

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