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SAMHSA’s Dedication to Suicide Prevention

September marks Nationwide Suicide Prevention Month – a month the place we come collectively as a nation to commit to creating suicide prevention a nationwide precedence. It’s also a month to recollect the lives misplaced to suicide, assist the thousands and thousands of People who’ve struggled with suicidality, and acknowledge the people, households, and communities which have been impacted.

Suicide is a public well being disaster that impacts thousands and thousands of People and touches each group. Suicide is a main reason behind loss of life in the US and the second reason behind loss of life for kids, teenagers, and younger adults (ages 10-34). In 2019, one particular person died by suicide each 11 minutes. Nonetheless, thousands and thousands extra individuals take into account or try suicide.  In 2019, 12 million American adults critically thought of suicide, 3.5 million made a plan, and 1.4 million tried suicide. Whereas all communities are affected by suicide, some populations are disproportionately impacted –together with American Indian/Alaska Natives, LGBTQ+ youth, veterans, and more and more, Black youth.

As our nation continues to dwell by way of the COVID-19 pandemic, danger elements for suicide are exacerbated corresponding to despair, nervousness, trauma, grief, isolation, lack of employment, and monetary instability. Now, greater than ever earlier than, it’s time to prioritize suicide prevention. To successfully stop suicide, a public well being technique is required during which a number of approaches are carried out to each deal with and stop suicidality.

SAMHSA is a proud accomplice of the Nationwide Motion Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the nation’s public-private partnership for suicide prevention, and joins the Motion Alliance in working to advance the Nationwide Technique for Suicide Prevention on daily basis. SAMHSA administers a number of grant packages devoted to stopping suicide and advancing the three precedence areas for the Nationwide Technique — remodeling well being methods, remodeling communities, and altering the general public dialog.

Following are SAMHSA grant packages that tackle suicide –

  • The Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention Program helps states and tribes with implementing youth suicide prevention and early intervention methods in faculties, academic establishments, juvenile justice methods, substance use packages, psychological well being packages, foster care methods, and different little one and youth-serving organizations.
  • The Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Program helps schools and universities with growing a complete, collaborative, well-coordinated, and evidence-based strategy to boost psychological well being providers and forestall psychological and substance use problems; promote help-seeking conduct and scale back detrimental public attitudes; and enhance the identification and therapy of at-risk school college students to allow them to efficiently full their research.
  • Grants to Implement Zero Suicide in Well being Techniques helps well being methods to implement the Zero Suicide mannequin. The Zero Suicide mannequin is a complete, multi-setting strategy to suicide prevention that’s designed to boost consciousness of suicide, set up referral processes, and enhance care and outcomes for such people who’re in danger for suicide. 
  • Nationwide Technique for Suicide Prevention grants assist states and communities in advancing efforts to forestall suicide and suicide makes an attempt amongst adults age 25 and older.
  • The Tribal Behavioral Well being Grant Program (Native Connections) helps federally acknowledged American Indian/Alaska Native tribes, tribal organizations, City Indian Organizations, or consortia of tribes or tribal organizations in stopping suicide and substance misuse, lowering the impression of trauma, and selling psychological well being amongst American Indian/Alaska Native youth by way of the age of 24 years.
  • Disaster Middle Observe-up grants assist Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline Disaster Facilities in selling continuity of care and safeguarding the well-being of people who’re vulnerable to suicide.
  • COVID Emergency Suicide Prevention grants assist states and communities through the COVID-19 pandemic in advancing efforts to forestall suicide and suicide makes an attempt amongst adults age 25 and older.

SAMHSA additionally oversees the Suicide Prevention Useful resource Middle and Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

  • The Suicide Prevention Useful resource Middle (SPRC) is the nation’s solely technical help heart whose mission is to advance the Nationwide Technique for Suicide Prevention. The SPRC gives technical help, coaching, and sources to help states, tribes, organizations, and people to develop suicide prevention methods.
  • The Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline is accessible by way of the toll-free quantity 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and gives 24/7, free, and confidential assist for anybody who could also be scuffling with suicide. Subsequent July, the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline will probably be accessible by calling the brand new, straightforward to recollect three-digit quantity, 9-8-8.

This month, and on daily basis, SAMHSA is dedicated to prioritizing suicide prevention. We wish to thank our grantees and companions in coming collectively to advance suicide prevention efforts throughout the nation over the previous 12 months, notably within the midst of the pandemic.

Lastly, please know that suicide is preventable. In case you or a cherished one is contemplating suicide, that assist is out there. Please name 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chat on-line.

Collectively, we will work to forestall suicide.



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