With the increasingly stressful environment in the American communities, the availability of grants for suicide prevention is also increasing. The data support this statement as according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention suicide in 2007 was the 11th most prominent death cause in the United States. The foundation also estimates that almost 1 million in the U.S. attempt suicide with a various method, drug, fall, etc. every year also among youths age 15 through 19 suicide become the third leading death cause. Those horrific statistics need some attention by the related stakeholder, including government and other non-profit social organization. They try to reduce the number of the suicide attempt by providing grants for suicide prevention. The grants usually focused on education, intervention, research or treatment.
If you are looking for grants for suicide prevention, there are several things you should know beforehand: the source of grants and how to contact them. Here we will provide information about the sources, some youth suicide prevention programs, as well as how to get the grants. First, we learn about the sources of the fund, such as:
- Federal Government
In order to support youth suicide prevention program, the federal government offers various grants to state, non-profit agencies. An example of grant available for states federally recognized American Indian tribes and nonprofit organizations is the SAMHSA or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, youth suicide intervention and prevention grant. To be able to receive the grant, the applicant has to work together with public and private youth-serving organizations. To apply or find more detailed information for this kind of grants you can visit the official website at www.grants.gov.
- State and Local Government
Beside grants from Federal Government, you can also get grants for suicide prevention from state and local governments. Examples for this kind of grant are: Mini-grants funded by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene or The Nebraska Youth Suicide Prevention grant that is supported by the grant from SAMHSA.
- National Foundations
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is one of the prominent national foundations that offers grant focusing on the youth suicide prevention program. Their focus areas are including suicide treatment and prevention research.
- Community foundations
Funds from the federal government and National foundations are usually managed and distributed by community programs through various youth suicide grant programs. The Huron County Community Foundation in Michigan and Seattle Community Foundation are a few of many community foundations offering this kind of grant.
To get the grants for suicide prevention you can contact the SAMHSA or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration office. This foundation has the main objective to support social programs dealing with substance abuse and mental health, including suicide problems. If you are a state, tribal or county community foundation looking for a grant to fund youth suicide prevention program then you should apply for the suicide prevention grant funding from SAMHSA. To get more detailed information or to apply for the grant you can contact them at Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345, 240-276-1400, or visit its website at samhsa.gov.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- National Institutes of Health: Interventions for Suicidal Youth
- Nebraska Youth Suicide Prevention: Youth Suicide Prevention – Opportunities
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