Need to Know: A Fact Sheet Series on Juvenile Suicide was developed by the Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance). The task force’s Public Awareness and Education Workgroup developed this series to raise awareness among individuals who work with youth involved with the juvenile justice system, as well as provide practical information on what:

  • you need to know about juvenile suicide
  • you can do to prevent juvenile suicide
  • systems can do to prevent juvenile suicide

This fact sheet is tailored to juvenile probation staff; companion pieces are tailored to juvenile court judges and staff and to juvenile detention and secure care staff.

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) originally developed and maintained this resource. The NCYOJ was operated by Policy Research, Inc. and operated from 2001 to 2022 and was formerly known as the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The NCYOJ improved life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvement initiatives.

This resource should be viewed as a reference document. It has not been updated since its publication. In addition, this document has not been made 508 compliant. If you would like a 508 compliant version of this document, please email

This resource was first shared in 2013.

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