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

Community-Based and Technical Assistance Suicide Prevention Grant Program Application, Due June 17, 2015

Letter of Intent due by 4:30 pm, Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Approximately $320,000 is available for FY 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 ($80,000 per year). MDH anticipates funding three to four grantees with amounts ranging from $80,000-120,000 ($20,000-30,000 per year). Matching funds are not required.

Purpose of the funds are to increase our local communities’ capacity to coordinate and implement culturally-appropriate suicide prevention activities to improve the health of its residents and decrease suicidal behavior and deaths across the lifespan, while prioritizing subpopulations with known increased risk such as middle-aged males and American Indians.


  1. What is needed in the "sign cover sheet" required?
    • There is no standard/template provided. This cover sheet should be a short memo on your agency letterhead and signed. The memo should state that you are the authorized person to submit the grant.
  2. Do letters of support need to be on letterhead?
    • Ideally, have letters of support signed and on their letterhead. Those not on letterhead will still be included in the review, but will be up to the reviewer to assess the merit/value.
  3. Is the "Agency overview section 3 or 4 pages long?
    • Agency overview section should be 3 pages.
  4. What does it mean when it says the application should be signed as noted?
    • Signed where noted - This would be the cover sheet discussed in question 1.
  5. What is the technical assistance piece?
    • MDH will be having a mini-grant application process this fall/winter offering $2,000-$5,000 for communities to address a need with a smaller but similar scope of work as outlined in this RFP.
      If a community's mini-grant application is award funds, they will receive technical assistance/support/training from the programs funded with this RFP. So what we are asking is that you "set aside" up to 25% of your proposed budget for MDH to direct your time and effort to support the mini grants. If not all the money in your set aside is used to provide TA to communities requesting it, you will be able to roll these funds over into your proposed project work.
  6. Do I need to include a narrative for Section 3 - Work plan?
    • Section 3 - Work plan does not need to be a narrative section, but all the items in the work plan section 3 A- E should be captured in the Form A and should not be more than 4 pages.

Other Grant Programs

MDH currently funds evidence-based community suicide prevention initiatives of three organizations awarded grants through a competitive process ($98,000 annually):

  • Evergreen Youth and Family Services, Inc.: Evergreen coordinates suicide prevention training for youth and young adults in Beltrami area schools and colleges, as well as adult suicide prevention training... more and local suicide prevention efforts through the Headwaters Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
    Coordinator: Stephanie Downey or 218-308-8002
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Minnesota: NAMI provides means restriction education to mental health professionals, teaching them how to effectively present lifesaving information on suicide... more prevention in three brief steps. Through curricula such as QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) and safeTALK, NAMI also educates mental health advocates and the general public in being alert to the symptoms of depression and the warning signs of suicide.
    Coordinator: Donna Fox
  • SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education): SAVE co-chairs the Minnesota Suicide Prevention Planning Taskforce and provides technical assistance to individuals and communities to increase... more state suicide prevention capacity. It also hosts a Youth Summit to raise awareness of suicide and promote help-seeking behaviors.
    Coordinator: Dan Reidenberg, PSY.D., FAPA
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State Plan

In September 2012, the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention released the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action. The National Strategy includes 13 goals and 60 objectives for suicide prevention.

Building on the work done at the national level, the Minnesota Suicide Prevention Planning Taskforce — a public-private partnership co-chaired by MDH and SAVE — was formed to update Minnesota's State Suicide Prevention Plan (PDF:148KB/22 pages) (originally developed in 2000 and revised in 2007). The reworked State Plan will be based on the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and incorporate valuable input from key individual stakeholders, organizations, state agencies, and community members.

If you are interested in learning more or participating in the planning process please contact the Suicide Prevention Coordinator.

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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

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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