While youths have the highest rates of suicide attempts, middle aged adults have the highest number of deaths by suicide nationwide. Between 1999-2010 suicides among adults aged 35-64 increased by 28% (CDC MMWR, 62: 321-325). These trends have continued through 2015. Suicide is also the second leading cause of death among adults 25-34 (CDC WISQARS Fatal Injury Data, 10 Leading Causes of Death Reports, 1999-2010). In 2010 more than 70 percent of the suicides in the U.S. took place among adults between ages 25-64 (CDC Fatal Injury Data, 1999-2010 US Suicide Deaths). Additionally, older adults, particularly males, have historically had the nation’s highest suicide rates. The nation’s suicide prevention efforts must address the issues of suicidal thoughts, plans, attempts, and deaths among adults to accomplish the goal of turning around the growth in deaths by suicide, and actually reducing that number significantly over the next few years.
National Strategy Grants are authorized under section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD and/or Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.
No single state agency is mandated to be the lead for the National Strategy grants, as states differ in which state agency has taken the lead for suicide prevention (e.g., Department of Health, Department of Mental Health). Where states have a plan that designates a lead agency, that agency should act as the lead or should designate an alternative lead.
The purpose of this program is to support states in implementing the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) goals and objectives focused on preventing suicide and suicide attempts among adults age 25 and older in order to reduce the overall suicide rate and number of suicides in the U.S. nationally.
Proposed budgets cannot exceed $471,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.
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