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In response to rising youth suicide rates in mid-Michigan, the LifeSavers Suicide Prevention Coalition was established in partnership with Community Mental Health (CEI-CMH) and the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (Eaton RESA). As a part of this Coalition, the steering committee engaged Corbin J. Standley, doctoral student in Ecological-Community Psychology at Michigan State University, to conduct a secondary data analysis study to determine the risk and protective factors for youth suicide in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties. This report addresses the first of three major questions proposed in the study: What are the major demographic risk factors for youth in the tri-county area? Subsequent questions will be addressed in future reports.
Data for the study came from the 2015-2016 wave of the Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) survey provided in accordance with a data use agreement with the Michigan Department of Education. Additional publicly available aggregate data are also presented. The study began in January of 2018.