All grant recipients of the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide (GLS) Prevention Program are required to participate in a national cross-site evaluation. This participation allows for large sample comparisons of early intervention activities and the collection of information on the use of best and promising practices.
Current evaluation results demonstrate that over 182,243 individuals on college campuses have been trained in suicide prevention and that 62.0% of students and 74.6% of faculty and staff reported high knowledge of suicide warning signs and suicide prevention resources. D ata from the cross-site evaluation also indicate that successful college suicide prevention is facilitated by student-serving programs and services that coordinate in the interest of students at risk and their families; a trained and accessible behavioral health system; widespread involvement throughout the college community; and a follow-up system for students most at risk. The GLS grants are laying this foundation, but there is still much work that needs to be done.
Report Title: To assess whether GLS grants increased early identification, awareness, and knowledge related to suicide prevention on college campuses
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Richard McKeon, 240-276-1873
Performer: Macro International, Inc.
Record ID: 8725 (Report issued March 31, 2010)