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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 25, 2019 12:55 pm

Verbatim: Purdue University Fort Wayne Receives $130,000 Contract for Suicide Prevention and Intervention Initiatives

The following was released on Monday, March 25, 2019:

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne, in partnership with the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition (ISPC), has been awarded a $130,000 contract to oversee and lead suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention activities across the state. 

The funding, which comes from Indiana’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction, will be used by the 19 Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalitions (ISPC) across the state to reduce the stigma of help-seeking behaviors and to increase awareness by providing trainings, presentations, and speaking events to increase mental health awareness. 

The first ISPC was started in 2001 at Purdue University Fort Wayne by the Institute for Behavioral Health and Family Studies in the Department of Human Services, which is now in the College of Professional Studies. Alice Jordan-Miles is director of the Institute and will be responsible for the deliverables listed in the contract, which include the following: 

Hosting biweekly electronic planning meetings for suicide prevention activities

Hosting biweekly electronic activity progress/impact meetings to report on activities

Presenting a plan to Purdue Fort Wayne with the following:

Cost of activities

Target audiences

Explanation of activities

Expected outcome

Impact report

Jordan-Miles says the latest year for statistics on Indiana suicides is 2018, when more than 1,000 Hoosiers died by suicide. Of those, she says, more than 50 were between the ages of 12 and 18. 

“This contract gives us the funding to go out into the communities at the grass-roots level to let youth and adults know that getting help for mental health issues is a good thing,” says Jordan-Miles, Director of the Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute. “We will also present and sponsor activities that raise awareness of warning signs and risk factors that an individual may be thinking of taking their own life, and how to help them step back from that edge. The bottom line is we want to save lives.”