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Arkansas awarded suicide prevention grant
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Arkansas awarded suicide prevention grant

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 6, 2014)– The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has received notice that the state is one of 26 states and tribes awarded a Garrett Lee Smith State and Tribal Suicide Prevention Grant. The grant is managed by the Suicide Prevention Branch within the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding is expected to total $3,680,000 over five years.

"Suicide is a heartbreaking public health issue that has affected far too many people in Arkansas," said Teresa Belew, Injury and Violence Prevention Section Chief at ADH.

"We are grateful for this grant and look forward to working with communities across the state to connect people with the help they need so we can reduce this growing problem."

This is the first time Arkansas has been awarded the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Youth Suicide Prevention Grant. These dollars will fund a population-focused Arkansas Youth Suicide Prevention Project. The funding will be used to increase the number of youth-serving suicide prevention organizations, increase clinical service providers, and improve follow-up care of suicidal youth. The funds will also help increase awareness and use of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

According to National Vital Statistics data, the Arkansas suicide rate was almost 30 percent higher than the national rate in 2010. In 2011, 437 Arkansans died by suicide, making suicide the second leading cause of injury death in Arkansas. Self harm or attempted suicides caused 1,702 hospitalizations in 2011, and is the third leading cause of injury hospitalization in Arkansas. Because suicide is the second leading cause of injury death for Arkansans age 10-24, the ADH recognized the need for both the expansion and development of targeted programs that address the needs of youth at risk for suicide.

For more information on suicide prevention resources click here. For help now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


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