Suicide Prevention ProgramThe Injury and Violence Prevention Unit uses a public health approach to prevent suicides by:
- Supporting and coordinating state-funded suicide prevention activities and state suicide prevention plan; and
- Providing technical assistance and data to support community-based prevention programs.
The Legislative Report: Suicide-Related Data Plan: Improving the timeliness, usefulness and quality of data was released in May 2016 and offers a detailed plan regarding the following MN State Suicide Prevention Plan objectives:
Improve the timeliness, usefulness and quality of suicide-related data to help explain the scope of the problem, identify high-risk groups and set priority prevention activities.
Improve and expand the state, tribal and local public health capacity to routinely collect, analyze, report and use suicide-related data to help develop effective prevention efforts, especially at the local level.
Increase the number and quality of surveys and other data collection instruments that include questions on protective factors against suicidal behaviors (also referred to as self-directed violence or SDV), risk factors and exposures to suicide to help better understand community suicide prevention needs and plan effective prevention and support services.
Monitor how the suicide prevention plan is being implemented in the state and local communities
The Minnesota Suicide Prevention Plan: Goals and Objectives for Action 2015-2020 (PDF). Released September 2015. It was prepared by the Minnesota Department of Health and the MN State Suicide Prevention Task Force and based on the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action released in 2012 by the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
The State Plan's goal is to reduce suicide in Minnesota by 10% in five years, 20% in ten years, ultimately working toward zero deaths.Top of Page
If you are interested in data related to suicide and other self-directed harm, please contact:
- Jon Roesler, MS
Injury Epidemiologist Supervisor
Resources - Statewide
- AMH Programs and Services
- Crisis text messaging service
- Local mental health crisis response phone numbers
- NAMI MN (National Alliance for Mental Illness)
- SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)
- Suicide Prevention Education Fact Sheet (PDF)
Resources - National
- 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action
- Means Matter (promotes reducing access to lethal means of suicide )
- National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
- Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide (media best practices)
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (promotes a public health approach to suicide prevention)
- 2016 Legislative Report: Suicide-Related Data Plan: Improving the timeliness, usefulness and quality of data and the 2016 Suicide Program Fact Sheet were released. Through a competitive process, seven community grants were awarded for two- and four-year funding periods.
- 2015 Minnesota State Suicide Prevention Plan: Goals and Objectives for Action 2015-2020 was released. Suicide prevention program funds increased to $755,000 for the FY2016 and FY2017. Three grant RFPs were released.
- 2014 The 2014 Suicide Program Fact Sheet was released. The Minnesota State Suicide Prevention Task Force meet and prioritized suicide prevention recommendations for Minnesota.
- 2013 Formed the State Suicide Prevention Planning Taskforce and extended three currently funded community grants for another two years (ending June of 2015).
- 2012 Suicide Program Fact Sheet released and extended the three community grants funding for another 18 months (ending June of 2013). 2012 MN statute 145.56 Suicide Prevention
- 2011 Suicide Program Fact Sheet released
- 2010 Suicide prevention program funds reduced to $292,000 for the FY2010 and FY2011, request for proposals released, and through a competitive process three community grants were awarded for 18-month funding period.
- 2009 Suicide Program Fact Sheet released
- 2008 Through a competitive process, five community grants were awarded for a two-year funding period.
- 2007 State restored funding for 2008-2009 biennium, released the request for proposals and revised suicide prevention plan.
- 2006 No state funding available
- 2005 Report provided to the 2005 Minnesota Legislature and state funding was eliminated.
- 2004 Through a competitive process, 13 community grants were awarded for a three-year funding period.
- 2003 Report provided to 2003 Minnesota Legislature and release of request for proposals.
- 2002 Through a competitive process, one evaluation capacity-building grant and 13 community grants we awarded for a two-year funding period.
- 2001 The Minnesota Legislature provided MDH with $1.1 million annually to implement the state plan and release of request for proposals.
- 2000 At the request of the Minnesota Legislature (Ch. 245, Art. 1, Sec. 3) MDH issued a report on suicide in Minnesota and led the development of a state suicide prevention plan.
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