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Strategic Vision for Suicide Prevention Programs

A key component of program sustainability is having a clear and consistent vision for the program. Having a clear vision from the outset can help guide the activities of the program and aid in making strategic decisions to ensure sustainability. Making the vision public helps gain support from staff, volunteers, community partners, and other community members.

For rural suicide prevention programs, the vision may be as simple as saving lives that might otherwise be lost to suicide. It may also include additional goals, like community connectedness, increased resilience, and improved mental health.

Resources to Learn More

Sustaining the Legacy of Suicide Prevention Efforts
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Offers step-by-step guidance in developing a sustainability plan for a suicide prevention program.
Organization(s): Suicide Prevention Resource Center