United Way of Crawford County implements new model to curb teen suicide rates

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ERIE, Pa. — There are alarming statistics regarding teen suicide in Crawford County.

That’s why the United Way of Western Crawford County is transitioning from a traditional fundraising model to an “impact model.”

Last year, Crawford County was above the state average for the number of students who felt depressed and planned or attempted suicide.

Now, the United Way of Western Crawford County is taking action.

The average number of attempted suicides from Crawford County 10th graders went up from 11.5 in 2013 to 16.9 in 2015. The state average is 10.5.

Statistics like that are what inspired the United Way of Western Crawford County to begin transitioning from traditional fundraising model to an “impact model.”

This means the United Way is opening up its funding opportunities to all programs to help, not just United Way partners.

“For our sixth graders to our 12th graders really telling us that they feel depressed most days and that they don’t feel like life is worth it — that was one of the survey questions — that at times they feel no good at all,” executive director Marisa Lines said. “They feel like they’re a failure. Those are triggers obviously that make us want to do more in our community and focus our programming on those specific areas.”

The United Way is asking for people to show their support, whether it’s through advocacy, donations or volunteer opportunities.

To review the survey click here

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