Tri-County Mental Health Services, which services the Northland, was awarded a $125,000 grant for a Zero Suicide initiative. Tri-County will now be able to increase engagement of those at risk of suicide by supporting a qualified behavioral health professional and crisis manager.
This grant was awarded by the Health Forward Foundation, formerly the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. The foundation received 69 grant proposals and Tri-County Mental Health was one of the 31 nonprofit organizations to be awarded.
Tri-County Mental Health adopted the Zero Suicide approach in 2017. The comprehensive program was developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention with the goal to save more lives using a consistent, proven method.
All youth and adults served by Tri-County are screened for suicide risk. Using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, those with moderate or high risk for suicide will work collaboratively with a trained provider to develop an effective individualized safety plan, including restriction of lethal means.
“Health Forward Foundation is igniting a culture of health by tackling pressing health issues for those most in need,” states a release. “Through partnership and advocacy, they are working to transform communities so everyone has an opportunity for better health.”
Since it began giving grants in 2005, Health Forward has awarded approximately $280 million to agencies addressing health needs in the community.
To learn more about the Zero Suicide approach at Tri-County Mental Health and the other services offered, please visit tri-countymhs.org.