The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the Epi-Aid preliminary findings on youth suicides in Santa Clara County. The preliminary findings are limited to a sub-set of information that will be analyzed for the Epi-Aid, and are the first step in better understanding youth suicide. The final report is expected to be released at the end of the year.
In February 2016, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers from the CDC and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) came to Santa Clara County to examine a variety of data sources following a cluster of youth suicides in Palo Alto. The purpose of this Epi-Aid is to understand the characteristics and trends of fatal and non-fatal suicidal behavior among youth in Santa Clara County.
The results will be used to inform Project Safety Net (PSN)- Palo Alto's community collaborative that is working to foster youth well-being through a community-based mental health plan that includes education, prevention and intervention strategies that together provide a "safety net" for youth in Palo Alto, defining the community’s teen suicide prevention efforts.
PSN will hold a Community Collaboration meeting on Wednesday, July 27 from 4-6 p.m., which will include an update from Santa Clara County Public Health Director, Dr. Sara Cody on the Epi-Aid investigation and preliminary findings.
To view the full Epi-Aid preliminary findings report and learn more about Project Safety Net, click here.