SAMHSA News Release

Date: 8/1/2011 1:30 PM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA awards more than $6.2 million to help colleges and universities prevent suicide

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding $6.2 million in grants to 21 colleges and universities to assist in their efforts to prevent suicide and enhance mental health services for students in crisis. The grants are designed to enhance services for students with mental and behavioral health problems, such as depression and substance abuse, which may put them at risk for suicide and suicide attempts.
 
Funds will be used by the grantee to develop training programs for students and campus personnel, create on-campus networks, conduct educational seminars, prepare and distribute educational materials and promote the National Suicide Prevention lifeline (1-800-273-TALK or 8255) which provides 24-hour help for individuals with suicide-related problems.
 
“Suicide is preventable,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “This new grant will help ensure that students know that there are places they can turn for help – even before they are at a crisis point.”
 
This year, 16 Campus Suicide Prevention grants will be awarded under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. These grantees are expected to receive up to $102,000 per year for up to three years. Five grants will be awarded through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Prevention Fund. These grantees can receive up to $306,000 to be used over three years. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds and the performance of the grantees. The grant recipients and their annual awards are:
 
 
SAMHSA’s Campus Suicide Prevention Grants
First year award amount
University of Texas, Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, Texas
$98,182
University of Miami, Fla.
$101,966
Orange County Community College, N.Y.
$97,423
Regents of New Mexico State University, N.M.
$102,000
University of New Mexico, N.M.
$101,975
Adams State College, Colo.
$75,721
University of West Florida, Fla.
$100,330
St. Cloud State University, Minn.
$101,329
The Curators of University of Mo., Mo.
$99,052
Bethune-Cookman University, Fla.
$102,000
Mt. San Antonio College, Calif.
$101,868
The Art Institute of Chicago, Ill.
$102,000
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Ohio
$102,000
University of Southern Maine, Maine
$102,000
Buffalo State College, N.Y.
$102,000
University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
$99,932
ACA Prevention Trust Fund grantees
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
$306,000
Thomas Jefferson University, Pa.
$306,000
Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona, Ariz.
$306,000
University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska
$306,000
Jackson State University, Miss.
$306,000

For additional information about SAMHSA and its programs visit http://www.samhsa.gov/ .

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.



Last updated: 8/1/2011 1:44 PM

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