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Juvenile Justice

Involvement with the juvenile justice system has been linked to an increased suicide risk among youth. Factors that may increase suicide risk in this population include mental health and/or substance use disorders, the loss of a friend or family member or friend to suicide or another cause of death, social isolation, relationship problems, and separation from family.  

Administrators, staff, and others in the juvenile justice system can play an important role in suicide prevention. Adopting suicide prevention protocols, guidelines, and tools will help improve the juvenile justice system’s intervention standards and mental health care, thereby contributing to suicide prevention and to the overall health and well-being of justice-involved youth.

Prevention Resources and Tools

The Action Alliance (Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Task Force) has developed several resources aimed at supporting suicide prevention in juvenile justice settings.

National Action Alliance
for Suicide Prevention

300 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2010
Waltham, MA 02451

Thank you for reaching out to us via email. The Action Alliance is not a crisis line. If we are concerned about an email you send to our inbox, we will forward your communication to 988. Please know that we care about you, and that you don’t have to answer the call from 988, but their resources are always available. If you or someone you know is experiencing a suicide or mental health related crisis, please call or text 988 or chat