This Learning Collaborative promotes sharing of knowledge and experience about strategic planning for suicide prevention among peers who coordinate local suicide prevention efforts around the state. Learning Collaborative members participated in five group webinars and received individualized technical assistance from Each Mind Matters team members.
Strategic Planning for Suicide Prevention Module 1: Strategic Planning Framework
Description: This webinar outlined a 6-step strategic planning framework and discussed the public health approach to suicide prevention. Subsequent webinars delved deeper into each of the 6 steps outlined in the Framework.
For more information about strategic planning for suicide prevention, please see the following:
● Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s online course “A Strategic Planning Approach to Suicide Prevention”:
● Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices”
● National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, “Transforming Communities: Key elements for the implementation of comprehensive community-based suicide prevention”
Strategic Planning for Suicide Prevention Module 2: Describing the Problem and Context
Description: This webinar discussed the value of a data-driven planning process and explored different sources of data that can be used to describe the problem of suicide in a community. A common understanding of the problem of suicide is presented as the foundation for developing long term goals for the strategic plan.
Strategic Planning for Suicide Prevention Module 3: Coalition Building
Description: This webinar reviewed the importance and role of a suicide prevention coalition in strategic planning, and how to assess the best coalition structure for the local community, including identifying stakeholders and organizing and engaging members.
Strategic Planning for Suicide Prevention Module 4: Putting Planning into Action
Description: This webinar provided information about developing and implementing interventions that will address the goals of the strategic plan. Topics included identifying evidence -based programs and best and promising practices and assessing which interventions will be most effective in the community.
Strategic Planning for Suicide Prevention Module 5: Evaluating Your Efforts
Description: The final webinar focused on the evaluation of the strategic plan, and the utility of developing logic models as a foundation for assessing whether your efforts are effective, and what modifications are needed to strengthen outcomes.
Please also see the following for more information:
RAND Suicide Prevention Evaluation Toolkit: