SAMSHA Grant-Project Hope

Pace University’s Counseling Center in New York is the recipient of a $144,000 suicide prevention grant that will take place over the next 3 years. The award was provided by SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

The goals of the grant, entitled Project HOPE (Help and Options through Pace Empowerment) are to (1) develop and implement an innovative campus suicide prevention gatekeeper training to increase recognition of at-risk behavior and referral to appropriate sources of help; (2) develop and disseminate engaging informational materials about suicide and mental health issues to increase knowledge and decrease stigma; and (3) improve communication plans and develop more comprehensive suicide intervention and postvention protocols in order to respond appropriately to suicide attempts and completions. 

This grant is to enhance and expand the current campus suicide prevention efforts.  The target populations will be students in residence as well as the general campus population.  This project is an effort to reduce the incidence of suicide and the risks associated with suicide attempts and completion and to strengthen the effectiveness of crisis response when an event such as a suicide occurs.  The university consists of extremely ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse students and the Counseling Center will call upon the extensive multicultural knowledge, skills, and experience of its own diverse staff to provide a culturally sensitive environment and culturally competent approach to working with Project HOPE gatekeeper training participants and the target populations of students. 

Staff, faculty, and students who are interested in participating in the grant should contact the Counseling Center in New York at 212.346.1526.