The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $4.9 million to 17 colleges and universities for suicide prevention and mental health promotion activities. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will distribute the grant funding through its Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program.
The Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program is a comprehensive public health approach to improve behavioral health and prevent suicide at institutions of higher education. Nationally, 8.3 percent of young adults ages 18 to 25 reported having serious thoughts of suicide in 2015. The funding will support a wide range of activities for mental health promotion, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, and other prevention activities. These activities include training faculty, students, and staff to recognize a student at risk for suicide and to intervene.
The institutions receiving grants will conduct outreach to young adults who may be vulnerable to suicidal ideas or behaviors, including those experiencing substance abuse and mental health problems, who are at greater risk for suicide and suicide attempts. They will also develop services for students who need help, and encourage students to seek help when it is needed. SAMHSA will fund the grants over three years in amounts ranging from $47,494 to $102,000 annually. Awards are subject to change based on the availability of funds. The list of awardees follows.
- California State University, Monterey Bay
- Carleton College
- Clark Atlanta University
- College of the Muscogee Nation
- East Central University
- Humboldt State University
- Johns Hopkins University
- La Salle University
- Montclair State University
- North Carolina Central University
- Providence College
- Southeast Community College
- University of Northern Iowa
- University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
- University of the South
- Wayne State University
- Western Oregon University