Connecticut College was awarded a grant in the amount of $75,000 for suicide prevention.
The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) was awarded a 3-year grant by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), (the same source of funding Connecticut College received in 2006) to support the Connecticut Campus Suicide Prevention Initiative (CCSPI).
CCSPI is collaborating with multiple state organizations, including Connecticut College, to accomplish the overall goal of the development and enhancement of sustainable evidence-based, culturally competent suicide prevention and mental health promotion policies, practices, and programs at institutions of higher education statewide with the overall goal of reducing suicide contemplation, attempts and deaths of students attending college in Connecticut.
As a result of the funding, Connecticut College established a college campus-community coalition working collaboratively toward the goal of the grant. This has helped to enhance the College's current infrastructure and to create collaborative policies that ensure coordinated, respectful and supportive care for students in emotional crisis.
Finally, it has provided mental health outreach/prevention/education to students, faculty and staff, and has helped to reduce the stigma of mental illness/seeking treatment.
There is a particular focus on students with mental illness, the LGBTQ population, and the Hispanic/Latino population.