Riverside County Supervisors Approve Youth Suicide Prevention Program
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors has approved a two-year pilot program aimed at preventing youth suicides in the county. The $900,000 program was made possible by a grant from the California Department of Public Health.
"The main beneficiaries of this pilot project will be residents, county organizations, schools and community organizations," according to the Riverside University Health System. RUHS will work with Inland Southern California 211+ to administer the pilot.
County residents can expect increased capacity for crisis response through the 211+ help line, expanded suicide crisis response training, and better data collection. The vote to approve the program was 5-0.
Over the past five years, there have been 1,393 suicide deaths and 14,576 injuries from suicide attempts in Riverside. People aged 25 and under accounted for 14% of the deaths and half of the self-harm injuries.