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.
Program goals are to:
- Increase public awareness about suicide prevention,
- Reduce the incidence of suicide behavior among Maine youth aged 10-24, and
- Improve youth access to appropriate prevention and intervention services.
The MSPP recommends a comprehensive approach. Multiple program strategies reach the general public, individuals in direct contact with youth, and young people at-risk. Community and school-based program components are to be conducted in coordination with existing prevention efforts.
MSPP strongly believes that it is essential to train adults in specific suicide prevention knowledge and skills before teaching youth about suicide prevention. This is necessary so that, when you th seek help from adults, the adults are trained to respond effectively and are familiar with referral procedures and available helping resources.