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Suicide Prevention in Pennsylvania Schools and College Initiatives

Grant Goals

  • Increase
    • Number of staff in schools, colleges, and universities trained to identify and refer youth at risk of suicide
    • Number of youth screened, identified, and referred to treatment
    • Number of clinical service providers (i.e., those working in educational and behavioral health settings) trained to assess, manage, and treat youth at risk of suicide
  • Increase awareness about youth suicide prevention among youth, families, educators, and community members, with a particular emphasis on promotion and utilization of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Implement sections of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2012) to reduce rates of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and suicide-related deaths.
  • Promote statewide, systems-level change to advance youth suicide prevention efforts in Pennsylvania schools and colleges.

Previous Grant Activities

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If you, or someone you know, is in Emotional Distress or thinking about Suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or contact Crisis Text Line by texting "PA" to 741-741.

To learn more about the project and how to get involved, please contact

Perri Rosen, PhD, NCSP | Project Director, Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Department of Human Services | Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health

T: 717-772-7858 [office]
T: 717-303-4611 [mobile]
E: c-prosen@pa.gov

This site was funded under award SM061750 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Prevent Suicide PA, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Additionally, the Garrett Lee Smith grant team does not specifically endorse any one model or program related to suicide prevention.