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