Performance Improvement 2013-2014. Have Suicide Prevention Grants Increased Early Identification and Referrals Linked to Treatment, Awareness, and Knowledge Related to Suicide Prevention?


The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act is the largest Federal effort directed specifically at the tragedy of youth suicide. Increasing emphasis is placed on diversifying community-based youth suicide prevention efforts so that they reach certain high-risk youth groups. Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grantees implement a variety of suicide prevention strategies focusing on community- and individual-level factors such as increasing suicide awareness and educating gatekeepers about identifying and referring youth, improving mental health or support services for at-risk youth, and building an infrastructure that imbeds suicide prevention into the community.

As of July 2013, 592,580 individuals had participated in 21,433 training events or educational seminars provided by grantees. A slightly larger percentage of youth identified through gatekeepers (88 percent) were referred for mental health services than youths identified through screening (75 percent). The primary reason for a youth not receiving a referral, regardless of the source of identification, was that the youth was already receiving mental health services (41 percent of youths identified through screening and 44 percent of youths identified through gatekeepers). Preliminary findings from the cross-site evaluation suggest that counties that implemented the Garrett Lee Smith trainings had significantly lower youth suicide rates in the year following the training implementation.

Report Title: Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Cross-Site Evaluation: Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report

Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Richard McKeon, 240-276-1873
Performer: ICF Macro
Record ID: 10034 (September 30, 2013)

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