Organizations around the country are working to raise awareness and prevent suicide in rural communities. This
module provides examples of suicide prevention programs that organizations have tailored to the needs of their
rural communities. These examples include several programs funded by the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health
Policy as part of the 330A Outreach Authority program, as well as other organizations that have developed
promising programs to prevent suicide. Evidence-based and promising service models for preventing suicide are
available in Module 2.
American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention Project Title: Out of the Darkness Community Walks Synopsis: Out of the Darkness Community Walks are held to raise public awareness and
support for suicide prevention.
Clintonville High School Project Title: Sources of Strength Synopsis: This rural high school is implementing the evidence-based Sources of Strength
program to empower students to recognize their own strengths.
Colorado Gun Shop Project Project Title: Colorado Gun Shop Project Synopsis: This project engages trusted messengers in rural communities including firearm
retailers and range owners to promote firearm safety and prevent suicide in rural Colorado.
FirstLink Care and Support Project Title: FirstLink Suicide Support Services Synopsis: FirstLink offers several programs and services designed to prevent suicide,
including a suicide hotline, community education and outreach, suicide prevention training for professionals
and organizations, and a variety of evidence-based training programs.
New Hampshire Firearm Safety
Coalition Project Title: The Gun Shop Project Synopsis: This program works to engage with gun shop owners to recognize and
respond to signs of suicide among their customers.
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Mental Health Services Project Title: Suicide Prevention for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Community Synopsis: This program provides culturally-adapted suicide prevention training, education,
and services to the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe through strong community partnerships.
Seneca County Mental Health Department and Racker
Centers Project Title: Countywide Suicide Prevention in Seneca County Synopsis: This countywide approach focuses on transforming systems of care to support
youth and adult suicide prevention in school, health care, and community settings.
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Project Title: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Synopsis: This program has taken a multifaceted approach to their suicide prevention
programs, with an emphasis on Alaskan Native traditions as a tool to build resiliency in communities.
Tulare County Project Title: Tulare County Suicide Prevention Task Force Synopsis: This project's suicide prevention efforts include expanded screening efforts and
supports for survivors of suicide (someone who has lost a loved one to suicide).