Kentucky Initiatives for Zero Suicides

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-34 year olds according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Findings from the 2014 KIP survey indicate that 14% of Kentucky’s adolescents (in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12 grades) reported symptoms of serious psychological distress, 11% seriously considered suicide, and 6% attempted suicide in the past year.

REACH has conducted a needs assessment of the problem of suicide among 10-24 year olds and among people of all ages in Kentucky. The needs assessment has illustrated the problem of suicide by geography, demographics, substance abuse behaviors, and various environmental/social risk factors. REACH will continue throughout the five-year Garrett Lee Smith grant to provide programmatic evaluation to the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) by selecting or developing evaluation tools, analyzing data collected by these tools, and compiling and analyzing available community-wide data to evaluate long-term impact of suicide prevention efforts.

REACH also has completed data analyses to summarize call forwarding patterns among calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.