Maine Suicide Prevention Program
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The Maine Suicide Prevention  Program (MSPP) was established in 1998.  The MSPP Program is coordinated by the Injury Prevention Program in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  NAMI Maine, in partnership with The Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) and Maine Medical Association.



The MSPP Program goals are to:  increase awareness about suicide prevention, improve access to appropriate prevention and intervention services, and reduce the amount of suicidal behavior in Maine.


Register for trainings offered by the Maine Suicide Prevention Program.




Maine Suicide Prevention Program Assistance:

For an FAQ regarding the April 25, 2013 legislative decision requiring all public school staff in Maine to complete suicide prevention awareness training



Suicide Prevention Awareness Sessions:  These trainings provide general information on suicide prevention and resources available for those at risk of suicide.


Assistance Developing Agreements Between Schools and Crisis Service Providers:  Careful, advanced planning is crucial to preventing suicide, managing a crisis, and preventing additional crises in a school setting.  Part of advanced planning for crisis response is to develop a written cooperative agreement between schools and local crisis service providers.


School Protocol Guidelines:  Guidelines for Development of School Protocols provide assistance to school administrators to establish crisis intervention and suicide prevention protocols.  Established plans and procedures guide staff to effectively identify, screen, and assist students at risk for a variety of issues, including suicide.


Agency Protocol Guidelines:  Guidelines for the development of protocols assists agency administrators in establishing suicide prevention procedures within their crisis intervention plans.


Primary Care:  Maine has identified primary care practices as a key access point for intervention to prevent suicide across the lifespan.  The Maine Suicide Prevention Program has formed a partnership with the Maine Primary Care Association to assist practices in providing staff training and piloting the implementation of the Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).


Suicide Survivors Speakers Bureau:  This bureau is made up of people who have lost a loved one to suicide and have been trained to speak safely and effectively about their loss to the public to raise awareness of suicide prevention.


For more information on the Maine Suicide Prevention Training Program, please contact: Amy Ouellette, Suicide Prevention Training Coordinator, NAMI Maine, ext. 2310.




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Non-Discrimination Notice:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, or national origin, in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities, or its hiring or employment practices. This notice is provided as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and the Maine Human Rights Act. Questions, concerns, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding the ADA may be forwarded to DHHS's ADA Compliance/EEO Coordinator, State House Station #11, Augusta, Maine 04333, (207) 287-4289, (207) 287-2000 (TTY). Individuals who need auxiliary aids for effective communication in program and services of DHHS are invited to make their needs and preferences known to the ADA Compliance/EEO Coordinator.