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School of Mines Receives Suicide Prevention Grant
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has been awarded a grant
from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to enhance
services for students who may be at risk for suicide, depression or other
mental/behavioral health issues.
The School of Mines was one of 22 institutions of higher education to receive the
grant and one of only nine to receive the full funding amount of $75,000 per year
for three years, with an equivalent match from the school.
“The need for these new programs is great [nationwide]. Last year alone
approximately 900,000 youth had made plans to commit suicide during their
worst or most recent episode of major depression, and 712,000 attempted
suicide during such an episode of depression, “SAMHSA Administrator Charles
Curie said. “These new grants were made possible through the Garrett Lee
Smith Memorial Act for youth suicide prevention programs signed by President
Bush last October and will help invigorate our national effort to prevent suicide.”
School of Mines Director of Counseling and ADA Services Jolie McCoy reports
that her office sees a number of students every year for depression, anxiety or
suicidal thoughts or attempts.
The SAMHSA grant will fund the School of Mines Suicide Prevention Program
which features a four-pronged approach to suicide prevention by promoting
overall mental health and decreasing the stigma and barriers to getting help for
mental health issues. The components of the program are prevention education
among students, gatekeeper intervention training among staff and faculty,
assessment and treatment for students in crisis and program evaluation.
The program will be supervised by McCoy and operations will be coordinated by
Scott Wiley, who was hired as Suicide Prevention Coordinator by School of
Mines under the Student Affairs Division.
The program will collaborate with other student services and organizations on
campus, as well as with community entities like the Campus Community
Prevention Coalition which addresses substance abuse, and the Front Porch
Coalition, which promotes public awareness, prevention and survivor care of
External program evaluation will be provided by the Institute for Educational
Leadership and Evaluation, a project of the Chiesman Foundation, a nonprofit
research, program evaluation and public policy education organization.
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