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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Grant Programs

Statewide Integrated Suicide Prevention and Postvention Training and Support Grant Program Application, Due November 30, 2015.

Statewide RFP application Q and A conference call at 12 noon, Wednesday, October 21, 2015. The conference call number is 1-888-742-5095, conference code is 4072559721, followed by #.

Letter of Intent requested (not required) 4:30 pm, Monday, October 26, 2015. Approximately $360,000 is available for FY 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 ($90,000 per year). MDH anticipates funding one grantee. Matching funds are not required.

Grant cycle: January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019

Purpose of the funds are to increase our local communities' capacity to coordinate and implement evidence-based suicide prevention and postvention training sessions (as well as programs listed in this RFP that adhere to professional standards), delivered in a culturally-appropriate framework, to increase the knowledge of warning signs of suicide and how to connect individuals at increased risk with assistance and locally-available care to decrease suicides and related behaviors.

Community -Based Suicide Prevention Training Grant Program Application, Due November 30, 2015.

Community-based RFP application Q and A conference call at 1:30 pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2015. The conference call number is 1-888-742-5095, conference code is 4072559721, followed by #.

Letter of Intent requested (not required) 4:30 pm, Monday, October 26, 2015.

Approximately $120,000 is available for FY 2016, 2017. MDH anticipates funding three grantees (1 urban, 1 rural and 1 American Indian specific) with $40,000 per grantee over the course of the two fiscal years (20,000 per year). Matching funds are not required.

Grant cycle: January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

To increase our local communities' capacity to coordinate and implement evidence-based suicide prevention and postvention training sessions (as well as programs listed in this RFP that adhere to professional standards), delivered in a culturally-appropriate framework, to increase the knowledge of warning signs of suicide and how to connect individuals at increased risk with assistance and locally-available care to decrease suicides and related behaviors.

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.

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Data

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

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Resources

Resources - Statewide

Resources - National

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Program Timeline

  • 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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