Strengthening & Sustaining Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Coalition Initiative
The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF), with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), is offering a funding opportunity for suicide prevention coalitions interested in strengthening their local coalition and networking with other similar coalitions across Ohio. Up to 15 suicide prevention coalitions will be funded (up to $5,500) to participate in an eight-month series of in-person and virtual learning opportunities and to engage in a collaborative learning process to enhance coalition capacity. Grantees will be required to allocate a portion of these funds (up to $2,000) to attend the (1) Midwest Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Summit and (2) the Ohio Prevention Conference. In between learning opportunities, grantees will work to complete deliverables designed to support their work. All grantees will conduct a Community Readiness Assessment (CRA) to better understand local conditions that guide appropriate suicide prevention strategies. Community groups (coalitions, behavioral health boards, health departments, task forces, subcommittees, groups of concerned citizens) focused on preventing suicide are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Applicants may also apply for additional funding (up to an additional $2,000; $7,500 total) to enhance their coalition’s infrastructure and sustainability using the Community Coalition Action Theory (CCAT). This additional funding opportunity is best suited for established community groups or coalitions who are currently engaging in multi-sector efforts to prevent suicide.
Background and Intent
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has partnered with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) and Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs (OU-GVS) to enhance the work of suicide prevention coalitions to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) seven strategies for preventing suicide. The CDC’s suicide prevention strategies are (1) strengthening economic supports; (2) strengthening access and delivery of suicide care; (3) creating protective environments; (4) promoting connectedness; (5) teaching coping and problem-solving skills; (6) identifying and supporting people at risk; and (7) lessening harms and preventing future risk. The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) is an Ohio 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that works to bring about changes in attitudes and perceptions surrounding suicide and its relationship to mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, and other issues. OSPF supports community-based efforts that reduce stigma, promote education, and increase awareness, resources and programs that lessen the risk of suicide. The goal of this RFP is to create a funded opportunity for community groups and coalitions focused on suicide prevention to engage in a learning community with peers and receive wraparound support services in order to strengthen local suicide prevention efforts and build community capacity to make a greater impact in suicide prevention across Ohio. Grantees can expect learning community activities to be focused on (1) conducting a Community Readiness Assessment to better understand local conditions that guide appropriate suicide prevention strategies, (2) developing the knowledge and skills needed to increase the infrastructure and sustainability support group/coalition sustainability, (3) enhancing strategic planning efforts through data-driven decision-making, and (4) professional development and leadership skill-building opportunities. Wraparound support services, including technical assistance and professional/leadership development, will be provided to grantees at no additional cost as they work to complete grant deliverables. Grantees should remember that this is a unique opportunity to receive funds to engage in professional development, therefore grantees will be expected to participate fully in every aspect of the opportunity.