Nebraska Youth Suicide Prevention

Kate Speck
Denise Bulling
Megan Allen
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Non-Peer Reviewed
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Violence & Suicide Prevention

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is partnering with the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health, Nebraska Department of Education, Regional Behavioral Health Authorities, and Society of Care to carry out activities as part of a youth suicide prevention grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

The Nebraska Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative is working to decrease the suicide rate among young people in Nebraska. The project will increase general awareness of suicide as a preventable public health problem and produce measurable decreases in Nebraska’s youth suicide rates through promotion of evidence-based or informed practices in suicide prevention for schools, clinical settings, and communities. This five-year grant was awarded to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and spans the time frame of 2019–2024.

To learn more, visit the project website at

Project Goals:

  • Decrease youth suicide rate by 80% in Region V by 2024.
  • 100% of NE public school districts will have protocols for suicide prevention, post-suicide intervention, and transition back to school by 2024.
  • Twenty Nebraska healthcare systems/BH organizations will implement zero suicide approach by 2024.
  • 100% of Nebraska’s child serving systems will adopt evidence-based practices in follow-up with youth after a suicide attempt or hospitalization by 2024.
  • 100% of Nebraska crisis/Violence Risk Assessment clinicians will implement evidence-based practices.