Campus suicide prevention grants

In late September 2009, SAMHSA announced that $6.3 million in grants has been made available to institutions of higher education for suicide prevention

In late September 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that $6.3 million in grants has been made available to institutions of higher education for suicide prevention.

These Campus Suicide Prevention Grants are authorized through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA). APA members were instrumental in the creation of the Campus Suicide Prevention grants program, an initiative that grew out of the Campus Care and Counseling Act — bipartisan, bicameral legislation that was developed collaboratively by APA members working in college counseling centers, staff of the APA Education Government Relations Office, APA Education Directorate staff, and House and Senate staff.

This program has provided critically needed funding for college counseling centers at a time when these centers are seeing enormous growth in the number of students seeking help and in the severity of their needs. The program has brought national attention to and recognition of the role that mental and behavioral health plays in the ability of students to thrive and succeed in postsecondary study.

Campus Suicide Prevention grants are available to counseling centers at institutions of higher education (IHE), college and university psychological service centers, mental health centers, psychology training clinics, or IHE-supported mental health and substance abuse programs. The grants enhance services for students with mental and behavioral health needs that can lead to school failure, such as depression, substance abuse and suicide attempts. The program has an emphasis on education and outreach support to students, the campus community and parents.

Since it was created in 2004, the program has provided approximately $16 million in grant funds to 94 institutions of higher education. A list of new grantees may be found at "SAMHSA awards $6.3 million to help colleges and universities prevent suicide."