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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Campus Suicide Prevention Grant

Deadline: April 20, 2015

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Campus Suicide Prevention grants. The purpose of this program is to facilitate a comprehensive public health approach to prevent suicide in institutions of higher education. The grant is designed to assist colleges and universities in building essential capacity and infrastructure to support expanded efforts to promote wellness and help-seeking of all students.  Additionally, this grant will offer outreach to vulnerable students, including those experiencing substance abuse and mental health problems who are at greater risk for suicide and suicide attempts.

The Campus Suicide Prevention grant supports a wide range of program activities and prevention strategies to build and sustain a foundation for mental health promotion, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention and other prevention activities such as interpersonal violence and by-stander interventions. The Campus Suicide Prevention Grant program seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served.

This is an infrastructure development grant. Applicants will be expected to complete the following during the grant period:

  • Increase collaboration among campus and community partners to deliver the message that suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility
  • Increase the amount of training to students, faculty, and staff on suicide prevention and mental health promotion
  • Increase the number of educational seminars and informational materials for students, faculty, staff, and family members on suicide prevention, identification and reduction of risk factors, such as depression, substance use/abuse, and interpersonal violence
  • Increase help-seeking among students and reduce negative attitudes for seeking care for mental and substance use disorders among students
  • Increase the promotion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Amount: $2,076,395 is available for up to 20 awards of up to $102,000 per year for 3 years.

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education. Applicants must not have previously received a Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention grant.

Link: http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-15-008

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