Adams State is one of 21 colleges and universities across the nation that was awarded a three-year, $225,000 Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Directed by Gregg Elliott, director of Counseling & Career Services, the program will focus on suicide prevention, including building infrastructure, conducting suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings across campus, and networking with mental health providers locally and regionally.
The grant will fund a full-time Outreach Coordinator/Prevention Specialist position who will work closely with ASC’s Campus Health & Safety Committee. That group (see below) is responsible for identifying and intervening with campus constituents who may be becoming a threat to themselves or to others prior to an act of violence.
Getting this new grant off the ground, ASC will host an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop Sept. 22-23 for students, faculty & staff, and community members. The SLV Mental Health Center and TSJC are co-sponsoring the training. Contact Gregg Elliott for more information or to register.