Category Archives: Suicide Prevention

SAMHSA Accepting Applications for State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF)-2014 Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements — PPHF-2014) totaling up to $88.5 million for up to five years. The programs support states and tribes (including Alaskan Villages and urban Indian organizations) in developing and implementing statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies, grounded in public/private collaboration.

Funding for the grants was provided in part by the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF).

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Seeking Judges for Directing Change

The Directing Change Student Video Contest asks high school and University of California students throughout California to Direct Change by submitting 60-second films in two categories: Suicide Prevention or Ending the Silence of Mental Illness. The contest aims to engage youth and to further suicide prevention and mental health efforts in California schools and universities. For more info, visit

We are now seeking judges to help us select the winning videos. Do you have expertise/interest in directing, writing, editing, acting, journalism, public service announcements, video production, suicide prevention and/or mental health? Contact us about becoming a judge today! The entire process would take less than 2 hours of your time, all of which can be done online from home.

Judges …

  • Participate in a brief 10-20 minute judging orientation in February and March 2014 (via phone or webinar)
  • Review up to 10 sixty-second video submissions and complete an online scoring form for each (time commitment of less than two hours.) The judging period will be taking place in late March/early April 2014.
  • Are invited (but not required) to attend the award ceremony in Sacramento in May, 2014.
  • Are recognized on the contest website and in the award ceremony program

Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

For more information contact Lauren Hee: or 916-567-0163 ext. 104

Study on Suicide and Postpartum Depression Among Service Women and Service Spouses

Although suicide is a leading cause of death among new mothers during the postpartum period, there has been limited research on self-harm in the postpartum period and associated risk factors. One potential risk factor for suicidality (completed suicides, suicide attempts, and suicide ideation including thoughts of self harm) during the postpartum period is post-partum depression (PPD). The findings of this report suggest a history of mental disorders was common among service women and dependent spouses with PPD in the postpartum period, and, in turn, PPD was a strong predictor for suicidality in the postpartum period. These results emphasize the importance of PPD screening during the postpartum period. They also suggest that additional focused screening for suicidal behavior among those already diagnosed with PPD may be warranted.

College Suicide Prevention App “Just In Case”

The Just in Case app is a low- cost way to deliver a useful service to students who are at risk for a mental health crisis or suicide. It is a mobile web app designed to work on a range of smartphone platforms. It is distributed at the campus level and not through the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace. Students install the Just in Case icon with the college name below it on the home screen of the phone

Pathways to Purpose and Hope: A Guide to Creating a Sustainable Suicide Bereavement Support Program for Families and Friends After a Suicide Death

The Pathways to Purpose and Hope offers guidance for how to create a sustainable program for survivors of suicide loss including how to form asustainable organization, raise funds, recruit members and volunteers, and much more.  The Guide will be useful to individuals and organizations looking to start a new program or to expand the capacity or strengthen the sustainability of an existing one.

Download the guide here.