OREO-8. The Quality and Accessibility of Child Suicide Prevention Resources
Faculty Mentor: Levent Atici, Ph.D.2
1Advanced Technologies Academy
2Division of Research, Office of Undergraduate Research
In wake of the Covid-19 Pandmeic, many concerned parties have called into question the mental health of students and children across the country due to extreme isolation. However, even before the pandemic, suicide rates among children 5-12 have been on an unprecedented rise. Not to mention, the current general belief that kids shouldn’t have mental health issues due to their age. In this analysis, suicide prevention resources made specifically for children were examined for their availability and efficiency in Nevada. Results showed that there were not many practical and available resources available specifically for children. Program training seemed to be available for staff, but programs dealing with children directly have little data or research. We conclude that children’s suicide is not being made a priority in a time when proper mental health and emotional regulation skills are incredibly important.