Programs and Initiatives in Communities – Community Partners Preventing Suicide

Programs & Initiatives in Communities
Community Partners Preventing Suicide

If you need immediate medical help call 911!
If you need free and confidential support call the
National Suicide Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults between the ages of 10 and 24. The agonizing grief, fear and confusion of this tragic loss of life is not limited the individual or even the immediate family. The impact extends throughout communities and across generations, and can increase the risk of suicide for those touched by the loss.

Community Partners Preventing Suicide approaches suicide prevention with a comprehensive public health approach. We are building capacity within systems and organizations that will support youth and young adults across Minnesota, with a focus on populations and communities that are at greater risk.

Toward zero deaths

Our goal is to decrease suicides by 10% in five years, 20% in 10 years, and ultimately working towards zero deaths among youth and young adults in five Minnesota regions selected based on need, capacity and readiness. We are placing focus on:

  • Making suicide prevention a core component of behavioral health and health care systems so that the system provides complete, coordinated care and links to appropriate community services.
  • Implementing effective programs where adults, peers and professionals learn to recognize youth who are at risk and connect them to the community’s coordinated care systems.
  • Support healthy and empowered individuals, families and communities.

Suicide is preventable

Suicide is rarely random or inevitable. There is not one single path that leads to suicide. Suicide death is complicated and is often the result of a combination of factors experienced across a lifetime like childhood trauma, serious mental illness, substance abuse, painful loss, exposure to violence, social isolation and loneliness, and easy access to lethal means.

Suicide is preventable. We can decrease the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors by increasing access to quality behavioral healthcare, building meaningful relationships, practicing safe suicide reporting and messaging, developing coping skills and creating safe and supportive communities.

Minnesota regions working on Zero Suicide

Community Partners Preventing Suicide is actively working throughout five regions of the state.

  • Northwestern Region (Kittson, Marshall, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk, & Red Lake Counties)
    Contact: Stephanie Downey
  • Brainerd Region (Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd & Counties)
    Contact:  Stephanie Downey
  • Minneapolis Region
    Contact: Melissa Dau 
  • Southwestern Region (Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Redwood, & Yellow Medicine Counties)
    Contact:  Melissa Dau 
  • Red Lake, Leech Lake, White Earth, Lower Sioux, Upper Sioux, and Little Earth
    Contact:  Luther Talks

Individuals, youth-serving organizations, schools and tribal and local communities interested in learning more about what is going in your area can contact the regional coordinators.

Behavioral/healthcare agencies and providers interested in learning more about Zero Suicide and trainings can contact the project director Melissa Heinen.

Individuals interested in learning more about the statewide effort and strategies or data or media reporters interested in doing a story can contact the project director Melissa Heinen.

Additional resources

Minnesota

National

  • Zero Suicide - Zero Suicide is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems and is also a specific set of strategies and tools.
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center – the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
  • National Suicide Lifeline-1-800-273-TALK(8255) – The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
  • CALM: Counseling on Access to Lethal Means - This free online course is designed for providers who counsel people at risk for suicide, including mental health and medical providers.
  • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices - NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 350 substance use and mental health interventions, developed to help the public learn more about evidence-based interventions that are available for implementation.