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Program Adaptability for Suicide Prevention Programs

Structure is important for a rural suicide prevention program's overall vision, goals, and desired outcomes, but some flexibility may be needed. Community needs can change as populations and societal trends change. It is essential for suicide prevention programs to be flexible in their approach to meet these changing needs.

For rural suicide prevention, this may mean shifting the focus to particular populations of interest or quickly responding to an unexpected suicide death in the community. Programs may also need to adapt based on availability of other suicide prevention resources, staff, and mental health providers.

Programs should also be flexible to meet new funding requirements or adapt to the changing needs of community partners. For example, community partners may need to respond to emerging health issues or changing demographics within the community, while funders may require additional services to be provided or additional populations to be served.