Suicide Prevention Program

Suicide Prevention Program

The 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.
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State Plan

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.

    The goals of the Minnesota Suicide Prevention Plan include:
  • Goal 1: Support healthy and empowered individuals, families and communities to increase protection from suicide risk.
  • Goal 2: Coordinate the implementation of effective programs by clinical and community preventive service providers to promote wellness, build resilience and prevent suicidal behaviors.
  • Goal 3: Promote suicide prevention as a core component of health care services.
  • Goal 4: Increase the timeliness and usefulness of data systems relevant to suicide prevention and improve the ability to collect, analyze and use this information for action.
  • Goal 5: Sustain suicide prevention efforts.

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's objectives 4.1-5.1.

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Crisis Line and Referral Services

Provides a confidential, 24/7 community life line for information, referral resources, and crisis mental health service intervention, serving Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties. Suicide prevention offers QPR and Postvention Workshops.

Mary Marano
Executive Director
(218) 851-3433

Dakota Wicohan

Dakota Wicohan is a cultural resource center that works with American Indian youth on suicide prevention through a public awareness campaign in schools, at community gatherings and Tribal events. Dakota Wicohan provides technical assistance to support cultural competency in organizations.

Eileen O'Keefe
Program Director & Finance
(507) 697-6272

Evergreen Youth & Family Services

Serving the Beltrami county area, Evergreen offers evidence-based suicide prevention trainings including, ASIST, ASK4HELP, Connect Postvention Workshop, QPR, and Sources of Strength.

Kelly Brevig
Suicide Educational Services Coordinator
(218) 441-4565


Statewide organization offers evidence-based trainings including, ASIST, Connect Postvention Workshop, Means Restriction Education, safeTALK, SurvivorVoices and QPR.

Catherine Gangi
Health and Wellness Programs Coordinator
651-645-2948 ext. 127


Statewide organization offers ASIST, safe messaging for media and journalism students, annual journalism award for stories on mental health and suicide, safeTALK, & QPR.

Dan Reidenberg
Executive Director
(952) 946-7998

White Earth Mental Health

Located on the White Earth Reservation in North West Minnesota, White Earth Mental Health offers evidence-based suicide prevention trainings including, ASIST, Connection Postvention Workshop and safeTALK.

Verna Mikkelson
Crisis Program Coordinator
218-983-3286 ext. 1234

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If you are interested in data related to suicide and other self-directed harm, please contact:

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Resources - Statewide

As of January 8, 2018, a new phone number for mobile crisis began in the metro area. This number can only be used from a mobile phone to route the caller to their local mobile crisis team. The new crisis number's, "Star Star Mobile" current boundaries is in the 7-county metro with plans to expand across the state by the end of 2018. The phone number is **CRISIS (**274747).

Resources - National

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Program Timeline

  • 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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