WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, September 9, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCIPC) announced its plans to direct $35 million over five years to cooperative agreements in nine states to implement and evaluate a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention, with attention to vulnerable populations. Robert Gebbia, Chief Executive Officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the nation's largest suicide prevention organization, released this statement:
"As an organization dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, we would like to thank the CDC for directing sorely needed funding to this leading cause of death. Supporting suicide prevention is particularly important now, as many people are struggling emotionally and financially because of the pandemic.
"Further, we commend the CDC for addressing suicide prevention in many of our nation's most vulnerable populations such as, veterans, tribal populations, people in rural communities, LGBTQ youth, and people experiencing homelessness.
"It is through comprehensive and targeted approaches like those funded by these CDC grants that communities can work together to save lives. We hope to see funding for suicide prevention continue to increase in the years to come because it is only by making this public health problem a priority will we be able to reduce the suicide rate in our country."
The nine NCIPC funding recipients include:
- California Department of Public Health
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Connecticut Department of Public Health
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
- Tennessee Department of Health
- University of Pittsburgh
- Vermont Department of Health
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that's smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, with an Advocacy office in Washington, DC, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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SOURCE American Foundation for Suicide Prevention