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The Northwest Pennsylvania (NW PA) Veteran Suicide Prevention Program operates on a three-pronged approach involving healthcare providers, community organizations, and Veterans and their families. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the Program’s primary funder and responsible for ensuring that the Program implements and evaluates a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention, with attention to populations that have higher suicide rates compared to other populations. This article provides information about the CDC’s Comprehensive Suicide Prevention program and where individuals and organizations can access information about the programs they fund throughout the United States.
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The CDC’s Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program
The CDC’s Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program (CSP) funds 15 states and 2 universities to implement and evaluate a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention, with attention to populations that have higher suicide rates compared to other populations in the jurisdiction. CSP’s goal is to reduce suicide and suicide attempts among these populations by 10% over five years. Funded recipients, including the NW PA Veteran Suicide Prevention Program, are using data-driven decision-making to implement and evaluate the best available evidence to meet this ambitious goal.
The CSP Program Profiles show how funded programs are working to implement and evaluate a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention. A comprehensive approach uses suicide prevention strategies from CDC’s Suicide Prevention Resource for Action. The seven strategies in the Prevention Resource help communities and states focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide, and they are implemented on three levels:
- Community-based interventions
- Healthcare-based interventions
- Upstream interventions
We encourage everyone to review this information, share within personal and professional networks, and get involved in stigma-reduction and suicide prevention efforts in their communities.
Help Us Reduce Veteran Suicide Deaths. Get Involved.
PERU has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs since 2015 and continues to strive to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the Veteran community. To learn more about the work we are undertaking alongside our stakeholders, visit our website at theresilientveteran.org. By working together, we can reduce suicide deaths of those who have served in the armed forces.