Youth Suicide Prevention Plan

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In Howard County, from 2014-2018, suicide was the number one cause of death for teens age 15-19. The Health Department developed an evidence-based Youth Suicide Prevention Plan to address the many components of the issue.

If you, or someone you know is in crisis, contact:
◾Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center 24/7 at 410-531-6677 or
text HOME to 741741 (Crisis Text Line)

For more detailed information and to learn suicide warning signs and get tips about how to start a conversation visit


Click on the updated Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Infographics below for more information.

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Phase Two: Sources of Strength

The second phase of the Youth Suicide Prevention Program began in November 2019 with the implementation of the Sources of Strength Program. Sources of Strength is a best-practice youth suicide prevention project. Student peer leaders and adult advisors design and share Hope, Help and Strength-based messages with youth in the community to prevent suicide, bullying and substance use.

How does Sources of Strength work?

  • Creates an interactive peer leadership program that influences positive social change
  • Empowers students to create networks of connection and resiliency
  • Increases help-seeking behaviors
  • Promotes positive connections between peer leaders and adults

Follow the HCHD Sources of Strength Program on Facebook and InstagramSee the program in action in Howard County here.

The first Sources of Strength class graduated in June 2020. Over the course of the first year, 44 students representing 12 Howard County high schools participated in one or more meeting. These monthly meetings (virtual starting in April) included strength-building activities that focused on reducing stigma, developing empathy, reaching out to others, and sharing stories of strength and hope. Congratulations to the first class of graduates and thanks to all the adult volunteers who participated.

Prevention Program Information and Materials

To request Community-based Training, Presentations, Materials and Information, visit

To view a calendar of upcoming community partner events, click HERE.


Howard County Middle School infographic (updated 09/2020)
Howard County High School infographic (updated 09/2020)
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For questions or more detailed information about any of the Youth Suicide Prevention programs, contact Leah Bulka at or at 410-313-6240

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