Health Notes: Suicide prevention recognizedCarlton County’s innovative method of combating youth suicide has won statewide recognition.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Carlton County’s innovative method of combating youth suicide has won statewide recognition.
TXT4Life Suicide Prevention was one of three overall winners of the 2013 Local Government Innovation Awards from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the school announced.
The program gives teens the ability to get help via text messaging if they are considering suicide. It has resulted in a major increase in the number of clients in the seven Northeastern Minnesota counties and four tribal nations it covers, a Humphrey School news release said.
Before the texting program, the suicide line covering the region received 25 calls a month, the news release said. Now it receives more than 300.
Although the region comprises only 6 percent of the state’s population, it consistently reports the state’s highest suicide rates, it said.
The TXT4Life program won in the county category, the news release said. Monroe Elementary in Brooklyn Park won in the school category and the city of Madelia won in the city category. Each will receive a $10,000 grant from the Bush Foundation, and a professionally produced video with which to share their story with others.