University Health suicide prevention program awarded $3.6M

San Antonio-based University Health was awarded a four-year, $3.6 million federal grant for its  Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Blueprint for Adults and Youth (CoSPLAY) program. 

Program staff members have goals of de-stigmatization and a 10 percent reduction in suicides and suicide attempts. They plan to achieve those goals through healthcare provider training, expanded access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources, and teaching coping and problem-solving skills through social-emotional learning programs, according to a Sept. 12 University Health news release. 

CoSPLAY will involve partners in higher education and organizations serving teens and young adults in the LGBTQ+ community, according to the release. The program aims to strengthen access and delivery of suicide care interventions, create protective environments, and identify and support people at risk for suicide.

The program is funded by the CDC and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

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