The Adapt Prevention & Education Program was awarded $18,460 from the Umpqua Health Alliance Community Health Improvement Plan Funding Program to train four facilitators from Adapt and Compass Behavioral Health the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop.
The two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Providing suicide intervention training increases community access to mental health resources, removes barriers to mental health care, reduces stigma surrounding suicide, strengthens social support systems, and fortifies community capacity to prevent suicide.
Adapt’s Prevention & Education Program will collaborate with Compass Behavioral Health to facilitate four ASIST workshops in Douglas County during 2019. This will lead to approximately 60 trained “suicide gatekeepers” imbedded within the community. “Douglas County’s rate of suicide is 25.8 per 100,000. Compared to Oregon’s 35 other counties, Douglas County has the 8th highest rate of suicide,” said Paige Hosford, Prevention Lead and Problem Gambling Prevention Coordinator at Adapt.
Umpqua Health Alliance’s Community Advisory Council (CAC) received 29 applications for funding totaling more than $820,000 in 2019. The primary goal of the Umpqua Health Alliance Funding Program for Community Health Improvement Plan Projects is to improve the health and well-being for Oregon Health Plan members assigned to Umpqua Health Alliance and the people of our community.
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