CSN eNewsletter
May 13, 2021
Note from Our Director
Dear Partners,

As you may know, May is Mental Health Awareness month. In our highlight resource this month, CSN’s Erin Ficker discusses the role addressing youth mental health needs can play in reducing suicide risk. CSN and our CSN-A partners have also recently released a new resource Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet: Means of Suicide which shares data on the means or mechanisms of suicide (e.g., firearm, poisoning, and suffocation) and comprehensive suicide prevention recommendations.

As children slowly emerge into our new normal, CSN will continue to support you as you partner with state agencies, health and social service organizations, schools, youth organizations, and others to equitably monitor children and adolescents’ mental health and risk of suicide and self-harm, promote protective factors and reduce risk factors. 

Throughout this newsletter, you will find resources from our Children's Safety Now Alliance partners highlighted in purple. 


Jennifer Leonardo, PhD

Children’s Safety Network Director
New CSN Blog Post: Addressing Mental Health Among Youth to Reduce Suicide Risk
Mental health challenges, including depression and anxiety, and previous suicide attempts are common risk factors in youth suicide, while access to mental health services serves as a protective factor against youth suicide. Suicide risk and protective factors are well known, and yet the number of youth reporting depression and suicidal thoughts continues to grow. Learn about the role state governments, schools, and families play in implementing equitable suicide prevention strategies to ensure youth receive the information and supports they need in CSN’S new blog, Addressing Mental Health Among Youth to Reduce Suicide Risk.
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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers Cooperative Agreement (U49MC28422) for $5,000,000 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.