The Youth Council for Suicide Prevention (YCSP) was initiated in 2013 by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Emergency Department to address the need for continued attention to suicide prevention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, approximately 75 youth have served on the council. In 2018, the YCSP began working in conjunction with 1N5. YCSP values the voice of young people and aims to empower youth to address an issue that has a profound affect on them. Members are recruited from area schools and most members have dealt with suicide first-hand through family, friends or their own attempts. Since its foundation, YCSP has contributed to the work of CCHMC in a variety of ways.The council meets every other Sunday at 1-3pm from September to May at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Clifton. We have breaks over the winter holidays and summer vacation. As a member, you are required to not miss more than three meetings (unless for extenuating circumstances). Time in the council counts towards volunteer/service hours through your high school.
To work with the hospital and the community toward our goals of ending mental health stigma and creating tangible change through projects that engage students while making sure that we are taking care of ourselves and creating positive relationships among us.
The application deadline was June 15, 2020. Please check back spring 2021 to apply for the 2021-2022 school year. Feel free to email us with any questions or concerns, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah has been a member of the council for four years. She is in 12th grade at Walnut Hills High School. She loves running, photography, music, and colouring. She hopes to spread the word about suicide prevention, end stigmas and educate people about mental illnesses.
Maya has been in YCSP for four years now. She is a senior at Walnut Hills High School. She also is co-president of the Bring Change To Mind Club, which promotes positive mental health at her school. She loves music, photography, ultimate frisbee, reading, and traveling. She is very excited and passionate about the council’s work with the education and spreading of awareness about mental health and suicide in the community.
Sammy has been a member of YCSP since 2017, is a senior at Walnut Hills High School, and also is a co-president of the Bring Change 2 Mind Club at Walnut. She loves dogs, computer science, ultimate frisbee, traveling, and photography!
Liz Radway is a second year member of YSCP and is very passionate about mental health awareness. Outside of YSCP, Liz is a passionate dancer, as well as President of Speech and Debate Club and Treasurer for 501c3 charity BEST.
Felissa WallaceFelissa is a Junior at Walnut Hills High School, and this is her first year on the council. Felissa enjoys walking her dog and getting involved with politics. She joined the council due to her love for neuroscience and mental health.
Aiden LenoxAiden Lenox has been a member of YCSP since 2019. He is a junior at Walnut Hills High School. He is the president and founder of the We Dine Together club, which promotes inclusivity during lunchtime. He is also the founder of Kind is the New Cool to promote kindness throughout Cincinnati schools. He likes biking, hiking, outdoor activities, music, NASCAR, and photography. Aiden is eager about promoting kindness and mental health awareness throughout Cincinnati.
Diya JoshiDiya has been a part of YCSP for one year now! She is also a senior at Mason High School and is very passionate about this cause. She loves to also dance, read, and bake. She is overall super excited to be a part of this council and hopes to make a large impact on the area in reducing the stigma, together.
Alyssa HannAlyssa is a first year member, a senior at Turpin High School. She loves music, lacrosse, business, and being outside. She wants to educate and help others with mental health.
Sumaiya HossainSumaiya is a Senior at Indian Hill High School. This is her first year on the council. Sumaiya is passionate about mental health education. Outside of YCSP, she runs a project designated to reduce stigma towards cognitive disorders in South Asia, enjoys reading books, and loves playing chess.
Julia Grace DunnJulia Grace is a senior at Walnut Hills High School, and this is her first year in YCSP. She loves science, singing, sewing, and swimming. She volunteers in patient education at Cincinnati Children’s, and she works in the library at her high school. Julia Grace deeply hopes to make a difference as part of the council.
Maddy FredetteMaddy is a second-year member of the council and a student at Mount Notre Dame High School.
Alaina DelsignoreAlaina is a first-year member of the council and a student at Sycamore High School.
Elsa KhanElsa is a second-year member of the council and a senior at Summit Country Day School.
Darian RobinsonDarian is a first-year member of the council and a student at LaSalle High School.
Hosein HashemianHosein is a second-year member of the council and a student at Indian Hill High School.
Christian KohlChristian is a first-year member of the council and a student at Indian Hill High School.
2020 Minds Unlimited: Finding Your Strength
The 2020 evening event, which has been postponed due to COVID-19, will include storytelling to stop the stigma around mental illness, an interactive experience for guests to learn resiliency strategies, and light bites and refreshments. The evening will focus on how to move from surviving to thriving as we all work toward living a full and productive life despite any mental health challenges.
Annual Mayerson Conference
The Mayerson Student Service Leadership Workshop is an opportunity for community- based organizations to present themselves to students from various high schools across the city. Each year, YCSP creates an interactive and engaging presentation to help stop the stigma around mental health and encourage students to practice mental wellness. In 2016, YCSP won the Mini-Grant Philosophy Challenge award for the group’s presentation.
2018 Youth for Survival Gala
In 2018, YCSP hosted the Youth for Survival Gala during Mental Health Awareness month which a focus on promoting suicide prevention and mental health education and awareness for the community. The evening event included appetizers, local artist galleries, musical entertainment, speakers, workshops, and a silent auction. YCSP Gala raised over $3864 towards suicide prevention and mental health awareness!
- Students presenting at the 2019 Mayerson Conference
Students presenting at the 2019 Mayerson Conference.
- Speaker, Lauren Tebbe, sharing her story at the YCSP Youth for Survival Gala
- Guest enjoying the speakers during the 2018 YCSP Youth for Survival Gala.
- Students working during a YCSP meeting.
- Result of a brainstorming session after a YCSP meeting.