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Importance of Community Partnerships in Successful Suicide Prevention Programs

Creating and building strong partnerships with community organizations is fundamental to the success of a suicide prevention program. Possible partners to consider include:

  • Mental health providers
  • Healthcare systems or hospitals
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • Faith-based communities
  • Law enforcement
  • First responders

Community partners can assist with funding, strategizing, organizational development, staffing, community education, and public relations.

Strong community partnerships begin with strong partnership planning. This means involving key stakeholders early, deciding on specific tasks and roles, and more. For rural suicide prevention programs, it is essential to make sure that everyone is focused on the same mission of preventing suicides within the community.

Resources to Learn More

Rural Health Networks and Coalitions Toolkit
An interactive online toolkit providing information about building successful community partnerships in rural communities.
Organization: Rural Health Information Hub