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Dissemination Audiences for Suicide Prevention Programs

When developing a rural suicide prevention program, it is important to share the program's successes with the community and key stakeholders. Communication can help inform a variety of audiences about ongoing efforts and ways they can get involved to prevent suicide.

Some examples of dissemination audiences for rural suicide prevention programs include:

  • Funders of suicide prevention programs, such as state or federal agencies or philanthropic organizations
  • Local healthcare facilities, clinics, and pharmacies, particularly mental health and primary care providers
  • State and local health departments
  • Law enforcement
  • Schools
  • Survivors of suicide attempts
  • Family members and others who have lost a loved one to suicide
  • Community members
  • Local task forces and advocacy groups
  • Local gun shops
  • Faith-based organizations
  • State and national professional societies and advocacy organizations interested in suicide prevention

Other suggestions for potential key audiences to include are highlighted in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.

Resources to Learn More

National Organizations and Federal Agencies
Provides an annotated list of national organizations and federal agencies involved in suicide prevention, and offer a variety of resources including funding opportunities, technical assistance, and training.
Organization(s): Suicide Prevention Resource Center