Rollins Receives Campus Suicide Prevention Grant

Rollins has received a Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention grant to support students at risk for suicide, depression, mental illness, and substance-use disorders.

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Rollins has received a three-year Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention grant, funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). Rollins is one of 20 schools across the country that were awarded.

The funds, totaling $305,848 distributed over a three-year period, will support the development of necessary infrastructure, activities, and evidence-based strategies to build and sustain a foundation for prevention, early identification, and intervention for students, including those at risk for suicide, depression, serious mental illness, and/or substance-use disorders.

This is a matching grant with federal funds providing 47 percent of the financing and Rollins providing 53 percent. Recipients must provide matching non-federal contributions (directly or through donations from public or private entities) in an amount not less than $1 for each $1 of federal funds provided in the grant toward the costs of activities carried out with the grant and other activities by the institution to reduce student mental health and substance-use disorders.

“We are very grateful to have received this grant,” says Connie Briscoe, director of wellness. “We agree with SAMHSA’s mantra that behavioral health is essential to health and that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover. The Wellness Center strives to enhance the well-being of all students, and this will help us do more important work in this area.”