Thursday, February 13, 2014

Office of Suicide Prevention Request for Applications

APPLICATIONS must be received by 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) March 10, 2014. 

(postmarks will not be honored)

The Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) is pleased to announce the availability of funds, through OSP state General Funds, to enhance suicide prevention programming and community organization efforts in Colorado.

For the project period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017, funding will be provided to selected communities for implementation and evaluation of OSP identified priority suicide prevention projects to be completed over a three-year funding period (years two and three are subject to available funding).

In 2013, the OSP identified strategic priorities through 2020. Priorities are data-driven and focus on high risk populations in the counties and regions of the state with the highest numbers and rates of suicide deaths and attempts. For the July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017 community grant program, the OSP will fund projects that implement strategies and programs that target high risk populations in areas of the state with high suicide death and attempt rates. 
Use the following three documents to complete your application:

Technical Assistance:
A technical assistance call is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on February 26, 2014 to answer questions regarding the application requirements.
Conference Line: 712-432-02210
Pass code: 2589#

Health Impact of Suicide:
Suicide is a public health issue in Colorado. In 2010, the most recent year of national data available, Colorado had the eighth highest suicide rate in the country. In 2012, the most recent year of state data available, 1,053 Coloradans died by suicide and the age-adjusted suicide rate was 19.7/100,000, both record highs in Colorado. In 2012, there were 2,777 hospitalizations for suicide attempts in Colorado and the age-adjusted suicide hospitalization rate was 51.6/100,000. According to the 2011 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, during the previous twelve months, 21.9 percent of high school students in Colorado reported feeling so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities, 14.8 percent reported seriously considering suicide, and 6.1 percent attempted suicide one or more times.

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