With an award of $35,000, the grant provides funding to local coalitions for direct services reducing risks associated with youth suicide. All funds and programming must be completed by June 30, 2016.
The Suicide Prevention Project is made up of three parts. First, it provides for two Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainings for the public and coalition members. One YMHFA training was completed on February 12 in Raymond and was organized by Pacific County Youth Alliance (PCYA). The next YMHFA training will be hosted by WellSpring on Friday, April 22.
Second, it requires the implementation and completion of an evidence-based suicide prevention program. WellSpring and TAC selected Sources of Strength, a program that using peer-led social networks to positively change norms and cultures. Nationally the program has demonstrated positive outcomes on acceptability of asking for help and improved relationships with trusted adults.
Sources of Strength will be used to supplement the existing Peer Helpers program, providing additional support and training to our student leaders and advisors. Trainings took place on March 10 at Boys & Girls Club Ilwaco and on March 11 at Raymond High School.
Third, WellSpring and TAC must each do three community awareness activities on mental health promotion or suicide prevention. WellSpring and TAC will be reaching out to local media to promote wellness and raise public awareness.
WellSpring is thrilled to be working in collaboration with TAC and the Peer Helpers. We hope that these trainings will provide greater awareness and capacity to address mental health barriers for our youth.
If you are interested in attending a YMHFA training or collaborating to raise awareness on mental health and suicide, please contact Carly Castaneda at firstname.lastname@example.org