The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Announces $6.4 million in Suicide Prevention Grants to Colleges and Universities

On Sept. 12, 2012, SAMHSA announced grants to 39 colleges and universities for suicide prevention initiatives. SAMHSA’s Campus Suicide Prevention Grant program is designed to assist in suicide prevention efforts at institutions of higher education by supporting education and outreach efforts for students with mental and behavioral health issues that put them at risk for suicide, such as depression or substance use/abuse. Funds made available under the Campus Suicide Prevention program can be used for various campus activities that promote effective mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment strategies.

In addition, SAMHSA also announced $13.7 million in suicide prevention grants to 23 states and tribes. The State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant program supports states and tribes in developing and implementing public and private sector collaborative programs designed to prevent youth suicides through early intervention initiatives.

Both programs are authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.

On April 6, 2011, the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2011 (S. 740) was introduced by Senators Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; and Tom Udall, D-N.M. As of September 2012, S. 740 has gained 13 additional co-sponsors.

This legislation would reauthorize the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, maintain the State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention program, and expand the uses of funds available to counseling centers under the Campus Suicide Prevention program to better meet the diverse needs of students. Support the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2011.

Please visit SAMHSA for a full listing of all FY 2012 Campus Suicide Prevention grantees and FY 2012 State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention grantees.

Please visit the Suicide Prevention Resource Center for additional resources on the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grantees.