What is the Show Me Zero Youth Suicide Initiative?
The Show Me Zero Youth Suicide initiative is a collaboration of providers who have agreed to work together to reduce suicides and suicide attempts overall. The target population includes persons within the age range 10-24 and has experienced suicidal ideation and or attempts. The initiative has special emphasis on those at higher risk for suicide: youth who have previously attempted suicide, 18-24 year old youth and the LBGTQ youth. The Show Me Zero Youth Suicide team provides response at the hospital’s or school’s request for service including short term intensive bridge case management, connection to longer term care, and longer term support that promote self-care. Treatment strategies include family member, guardian and responsible parties’ involvement, assertive engagement and outreach.