UCCF Director Cynthia Ewell Foster, Ph.D., has been working collaboratively with other campus mental health providers toward the goal of suicide prevention as part of the Campus Suicide Prevention grant initially funded in 2016.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided the grant funding to help the University of Michigan build upon a strong foundation of universal approaches to mental health education, student support, and stigma reduction to make suicide prevention a core university-wide priority. The grant is funded through September 2019.
Suicide Prevention Training is the Goal
This initiative is designed to increase community capacity for suicide prevention using public health approaches. MARI houses the grant and has been working collaboratively with University Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Department of Psychiatry/Depression Center, Psychiatric Emergency Services, the Dean of Students Office, and Campus Security.
Grant funding has provided training to clinical providers and gatekeepers in how to identify, respond, and refer people at risk for suicide to helping resources on our campus and within the surrounding community. In addition, the grant has led to prevention initiatives through new partnerships with the International Center, Spectrum Center, and Veterans and Military Services.
Additionally, Dr. Ewell Foster continues to collaborate with the State of Michigan on a statewide SAMHSA-funded suicide prevention project.