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Mental health promotion and suicide prevention

Addressing suicide and depression are state priorities.

Youth mental health in Washington State:

  • 30 percent of 10th grade students report feeling so sad or hopeless for two weeks or more that they stopped doing their usual activities (Healthy Youth Survey, 2023).
  • 9 percent of 8th grade students report having attempted suicide in the past year (Healthy Youth Survey, 2023).
  • But, there is still a high level of hope among Washington’s youth. Hope is the belief that the future can be better than the past and you play a role in making it so, and 42 percent of 8th graders and 43 percent of 10th graders report high levels of hope (Healthy Youth Survey, 2023).

View current Mental Health Promotion Project (MHPP) grantees and community-based organization (CBO) information. 

Mental health promotion strategies are being implemented throughout the state at local, county, and state levels, across the Continuum of Care that influence multiple domains and risk and protective factors. Here is a list of some state-wide initiatives focused specifically on mental health promotion and suicide prevention:

Reporting on Suicide is a recommended resource for media partners covering suicide. This resource explains how we can reframe a story on suicide to offer hope and encourage people to seek help. Best practices and guidelines for talking about suicide continue to evolve as we learn from research and the guidance of people who have attempted suicide or lost a loved one to suicide. Here is a current example of safe messaging.

Billy Reamer
Mental Health Promotion Integration and Prevention System Manager

Brittany Smith
Mental Health Promotion Integration and Prevention System Manager