The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® (YRSPP) began in September of 1994 after the suicide of 17-year-old Mike Emme. In the days following Mike's death, dozens of teenagers approached Mike's family, asking what they could do. Mike's parents responded by saying, "Don't ever do this. Don't commit suicide. Reach out to someone and ask for help." Kids took notes. "It's okay to ask for help," they wrote, and it become the common theme. Thus, the Yellow Ribbon Card was born.
The significance of the development of The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program ® is that from the beginning, the kids themselves moved this program and continue to do so today. Youth, worldwide, continue to initiate Yellow Ribbon in their lives and communities daily. They are empowered - taking action and saving lives.
The continued success of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® is due, mainly, to the belief that personal involvement at every level of the community is critical to the ongoing success of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program®.
We all turn to peers and friends for help and support in times of crisis.
The American Association of Suicidology reports that 78% of adolescents turn to peers for help before they'll approach an adult. The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® educates in much the way that CPR is taught - as a vital, life-sustaining skill - until professional help arrives.
The primary goal of The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® is prevention. We also provide suicide prevention gatekeeper training and post-prevention services. In association with teachers, counselors, and top suicide experts, The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® has developed a simple, effective program that empowers children, youth, and adults to ask for help in times of crisis. It teaches how to respond to a crisis to help prevent suicide.
If you are interested in joining the Yellow Ribbon Club at RHS, see Mrs. Windle in the Health Office.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 - 24.
- The fastest-growing group completing suicide is children between the ages of 10 - 14 (a 99% increase from 1980-1997).
- 90% of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of death. 60% of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression - the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses.
- Firearms account for 60% of all suicides. Firearms are used in more suicides than in homicides.
It’s OK to Ask for Help!!
San Diego County 24-Hour Crisis Hotline