The Maine Suicide Prevention Program (MSPP) is a collaborative initiative among several state agencies including the Departments of Health and Human Services; Education; Corrections; Labor; and Public Safety. Using the MSPP Strategic Plan, the goals are to ensure:
- Statewide leadership and coordination guides suicide prevention among Maine people.
- Maine’s people can access suicide prevention and intervention services in health care settings across the state.
- Maine’s people are protected through integration of effective suicide prevention efforts within public and private organizations statewide.
- Professionals working with Maine people are knowledgeable in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
- A culture of help-seeking for people in need exists in Maine.
The MSPP recommends a comprehensive approach. Multiple program strategies reach the general public and individuals in direct contact with people at-risk. The MSPP strongly believes that it is essential to educate and train adults in specific suicide prevention knowledge and skills before they teach about suicide prevention, especially with youth. This is necessary so that when an individual seeks help from an adult, the adults are prepared to respond effectively and safely and; are familiar with referral procedures and available helping resources.