Selected Maine Suicide Prevention Program Milestones


  • May - Middle School Lessons piloted.
  • June - Symposium for health care providers at Maple Hill Farm.
  • September - First Gatekeeper Training for clergy is offered.
  • October - Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation awards funding for printing the Transition Guide.  All Maine high school seniors will receive one in the spring.


  • January - Transition Lessons for high school seniors are piloted.
  • October - Suicide Assessment for Clinicians Training was piloted.
  • November - Trained the 5,000th Gatekeeper.
  • December - Lifelines is listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.


  • January - Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention Guidelines for Schools are accepted for inclusion in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Adherence to Standards registry.
  • September - Awarded second Garrett Lee Smith (SAMHSA) funding to work with 11 Maine high schools and their community service providers as well as work with high risk groups and data collection.
  • September - MSPP Plan revision approved.
  • October - Hazelden Publishing Co. acquires Lifelines program (MSPP is co-author) for national dissemination.


  • September -TW Cares selects MSPP as recipient of in-kind services.
    TW Cares PSA airs from March—May 2008.



  • February - Governor Baldacci issues Executive Order, calls for Children’s Cabinet, through MSPP Steering Committee, to strengthen Maine’s efforts to prevent youth suicide.  Retreat held in March to launch response to Governor’s Order.
  • September - Awarded Garrett Lee Smith (SAMHSA) funding to conduct comprehensive project in 3 counties as well as work with other high-risk groups.
  • December - Report is issued in response to Executive Order.


  • April - The first Beyond the Basics of Suicide Prevention conference is held.


  • May - Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention Guidelines for Schools disseminated to schools statewide.
  • September - Awarded CDC Cooperative Agreement to conduct comprehensive project in 12 Maine schools/communities.


  • January - Lifelines curriculum piloted with Maine educators.


  • April - First Annual Event during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.
  • May  - Children’s Cabinet and initiatives established in Statute.


  • April - Statewide Firearm Safety workshop held.
  • July - First Crisis Clinician conference including Suicide Prevention.
  • Legislative Mandate requires School Crisis Plans.
  • August  - Crisis Management in Maine Schools Conference.
  • October - Sponsored Survivor Conference for survivors and professionals.
  • First Training of Trainers workshop conducted.


  • January - Information and Resource Center, located in DMHMRSAS, Office of Substance Abuse, began to serve as the suicide prevention clearinghouse.
  • EMS responders began collecting data on “Concern of Suicide” on Ambulance Run Reports.
  • May - Implementation Plan printed and disseminated.
  • Spring - EMS-C Partnership grant obtained, Gatekeeper Training component developed.
  • March - First Suicide Prevention Awareness Education session delivered.
  • June - Gatekeeper Training begins.
  • July - 6 school linked/school based mental health programs funded for 1 year.
  • August  - Reconnecting Youth Training Institute held in Maine.
  • November   - Statewide Crisis Hotline established by DMHMRSAS.
  • MSPP Website Developed.


  • September - Work teams presented the final draft implementation plan to the Governor and Children's Cabinet. 
  • December - Departmental staff began operationalizing program strategies.


  • May - Task Force presented 10 recommendations to Governor King, and requested State government to address this pressing problem among Maine youth.  Governor King directed his Children's Cabinet to respond to the Task Force recommendations.
  • July - Two work teams established by the Children's Cabinet to develop a youth suicide prevention program.


  • 1995 Task Force on Prevention of Adolescent Suicide and Self-Destructive Behavior convened by Governor King through a Legislative Resolve.


  • Mental Health Department Commissioner report on teen suicide.
  • Legislative Statute required the Departments of Mental Health, Mental Retardation & Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS), Education and Human Services to develop a teen suicide prevention strategy and a model program in secondary schools statewide.