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A Brief Description of Maine’s Program, Lessons Learned, and Resources 5/07. Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program (MYSPP) History. 1987 Statute requiring program 1995-6 Governor King Task Force 1996-7 Children’s Cabinet Work Teams 1997-8 EMSC grant obtained 1998 Original Plan implemented

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a brief description of maine s program lessons learned and resources 5 07
A Brief Description of Maine’s Program,

Lessons Learned, and Resources 5/07

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Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program (MYSPP) History

  • 1987 Statute requiring program
  • 1995-6 Governor King Task Force
  • 1996-7 Children’s Cabinet Work Teams
  • 1997-8 EMSC grant obtained
  • 1998 Original Plan implemented
  • 2000 Children’s Cabinet Statute/Initiative
  • 2002 CDC Grant
  • 2005 Governor Executive Order
  • 2005 SAMHSA Grant
slide3

MYSPP Organization

  • Coordination-DHHS, ME CDC
  • Collaborating Departments of State Government
  • Steering Committee
  • Sub-Committees
  • Maine Youth Action Network
state partners in collaboration
State Partners in Collaboration
  • Governor’s Office/Children’s Cabinet
  • Health & Human Services/Public Health, & Behavioral Health
  • Education
  • Public Safety
  • Corrections
  • Labor (added in 2003)
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External Partners in Collaboration

  • Crisis Agency Directors
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
  • Maine Youth Action Network
  • Keeping Maine’s Children Connected
  • Universities
  • Local School Systems and Community Agencies & Organizations
  • Local Police and EMS
myspp funding sources
MYSPP Funding Sources
  • MCH Block Grant
  • PHHS Block Grant
  • SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith grant
  • State General Fund
  • Children’s Cabinet
  • Participant fees & Private Donations
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MYSPP Goals

  • To Reduce the Incidence of Suicide & Suicidal Behavior Among 10 – 24 Year Olds
  • Ten goals developed in 2006 to align with the Suicide Prevention National Strategy
myspp components
MYSPP Components
  • Statewide Crisis Hotline & Information and Resource Center
  • Public awareness resources and programs
  • Training programs
  • Lethal means education
  • Media education
  • Data collection
  • Evaluation of selected strategies
myspp features
MYSPP Features
  • Gatekeeper Training
  • Beyond the Basics of Suicide Prevention Annual Conference
  • Lifelines Teacher Training
  • TOT for Awareness Education
  • Protocol Workshops
  • Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Guidelines
  • Website
maine s cdc project
Maine’s CDC Project

12 ME High Schools –

5 with <500 students

7 >500 students

Goals:

Increase School Readiness to:

  • Identify, appropriately respond and refer youth at risk for suicide; and
  • Effectively manage the school environment following a suicide.
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A Comprehensive Youth Suicide Prevention ProgramLifelines Program

  • -Identify Key School Staff
  • Identify At-Risk Students
  • Provide Appropriate Assistance
  • Responding tp Attempt
  • Transitioning Students
  • Aftermath of a Suicide

Administrative

Protocols

Comprehensive

School Suicide

Prevention Program

Memorandum of

Agreement with

Crisis Provider

  • Outline of Available Services
  • How to Access Services
  • What to Expect When Services Are Requested

Knowledgeable

Adult School

Community

(GK, TOT, LL)

  • Gatekeeper Training selected staff
  • Suicide Prevention Awareness for All Staff
  • Parent /community Information and Resources
  • Lifelines Teacher Training

Student Suicide

Prevention

Lessons

  • Lifelines Student Lessons
key findings from cdc project
Key Findings from CDC Project
  • Technical assistance vital to protocol development & overall implementation
  • Protocols a critical component for schools
  • Administrative support essential to success
  • To be adopted by schools, student lessons must align with State learning standards
  • Readiness to respond to suicidal behavior and to manage the school environment inc.
gatekeeper training findings
Gatekeeper Training Findings

226 trained, 10-29 at each school

  • Readiness to Intervene with at risk students (measured by 6 items: comfort, confidence, knowledge and willingness to intervene) increased significantly between pre-test and 6 mo follow-up survey
  • Identification and referral increased slightly
  • Teachers highest rate of referrals
awareness education findings
Awareness Education Findings
  • 75% of faculty & staff in project schools received education
  • 91% received information about protocols
  • >90% knew where to refer a student about whom they were concerned
  • Confidence in knowing what to do increased from 34% to 64%
lifelines student lessons findings
Lifelines Student Lessons Findings

Pre- & post-tests, classroom observation & control groups in 2 schools

Students showed:

  • Significant increase in favorable attitudes toward help seeking from adults
  • Significant increase in confidence in school’s ability to respond
  • Improved knowledge of suicide prevention and helping resources
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Event Reports Identified Referred Students

  • Data gathered from 9/04-6/06:
  • 344 for 12 schools - 65% females, 35% males
  • School staff referral rates: teachers, administrators, nurses & guidance counselors
  • 61 students referred self or other student
  • 38% cases immediately referred to crisis services & 16% cases immediately referred to hospital ED
  • 20% at risk of suicide, 19% possibly at risk
  • 43% no immediate suicide risk, help needed
myspp strengths
MYSPP Strengths
  • Governor & Children’s Cabinet Support
  • Collaboration across departments
  • Having both a program coordinator AND a training and education coordinator
  • Dedicated personnel with longevity
  • Valued by participants and survivors
  • Grant writing efforts secured federal funding (EMS-C, CDC, SAMHSA)
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Strategic Issues

  • Maintaining & strengthening participation in implementing MYSPP activities among all Children’s Cabinet agencies;
  • Increasing partnerships with key stakeholders outside of state government such as survivors;
  • Strengthening efforts to be inclusive in planning and implementing culturally sensitive program components;
  • Planning for and obtaining continued funding to increase integration of suicide prevention within multiple systems;
  • Addressing rural issues such as firearms and accessibility of services; and
  • Improving the collection & analysis of data to monitor health status & guide development & evaluation of initiatives.
myspp resources
MYSPP Resources
  • Information booklet
  • Gatekeeper manual
  • Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Guidelines
  • CDC Project: Notes From the Field & Evaluation Report
  • Suicide Surveillance Report
  • A Life Saved video
  • Website:www.mainesuicideprevention.org
more information
More information
  • MYSPP web sitewww.mainesuicideprevention.org
  • Contacts

MYSPP Coordinator

Cheryl DiCara

cheryl.m.dicara@maine.gov

(207) 287-5362

MYSPP Training and Education Project Director

Linda Williams

lwilliams@mcd.org

(207) 622-7566 ext.243

Teen and Young Adult Health Director

Nancy Birkhimer

nancy.birkhimer@maine.gov

(207) 287-5361

Information and Resource Center

osa.ircosa@maine.gov

(207) 287-8900