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State suicide prevention planning; a CDC research brief
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    "The 2001 release of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention focused attention on the need for "coordination of resources at all levels of government--Federal, State, tribal, and community"--to address the public health problem of suicide mortality and morbidity. For several years, and in some cases for nearly a decade, states have been formulating state-level suicide prevention plans and finding ways to implement the activities called for in those plans. Although states have progressed in planning state-level suicide prevention activities, state planning groups--usually made up of survivors, practitioners, and state agency personnel--face substantial challenges. To date, little empirical information has been available to provide guidance to these state planning groups. Planners seek advice on how to construct their efforts so that they can implement the activities planned. In addition, they want assurance that those activities will be effective in decreasing suicidal behavior. Finally, because key milestones have not yet been identified, planning groups want guidance on how to monitor progress, track implementation, and assess the overall impact of their activities. In response to these needs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a research study to describe the key ingredients of successful state-based suicide prevention planning. The study's major objectives were to document the processes involved in developing state suicide prevention plans; compile these findings into a template for decision making based on lessons learned; and share these findings with state groups engaged in creating suicide prevention plans and with those groups already implementing prevention activities. The results of this study do not provide a universal blueprint for suicide prevention, but the insights garnered provide states with valuable information for effective planning, implementation, and evaluation." - p. 1

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