California Announces New Investments in Youth Suicide Prevention
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SACRAMENTO ~ California is investing $16.3 million in Youth Suicide Prevention efforts as part of Suicide Prevention Month. Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom have both expressed their commitment to providing support and resources to vulnerable youth in the state.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is awarding grants to tribal entities and community-based organizations to support the state's Youth Suicide Prevention Media and Outreach Campaign. Additionally, two new resource hubs have been announced for youth, families, caregivers, teachers, and schools: Youth Suicide Prevention Hub & Back-to-School Mental Health Hub.

Governor Newsom stated, "As a father of four, I know firsthand the challenges kids today are facing, and that too many struggling kids aren't getting the support they need. With suicide as the second leading cause of death among California's youth, we have to do more to reach vulnerable kids where they are. These community investments and resource hubs will help the youngest Californians access the support and services they need."

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First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom added that "Suicide ideation amongst youth has increased nationwide, especially among girls, LGBTQ+ youth, and youth of color. Knowing this, California's new investments in youth suicide prevention resources are absolutely critical as we work to destigmatize mental health and improve access to mental health support for young Californians and their families."

Earlier this year, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom partnered with the Sacramento Republic FC to highlight the 988 resource through a Public Service Announcement. This investment in suicide prevention resources is part of a larger effort by Governor Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom to provide support for vulnerable youth in California.

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