The HESPC is a leader in college-based suicide prevention. We started four years ago by simply reaching out to Pennsylvania colleges and asked who would like to come to the table to talk about suicide prevention. In less than a month, over half of our state’s campuses were on board. Since then, over 100 Pennsylvania campuses have participated in HESPC activities and we’ve expanded to bring on partners from over 18 different states.
For the past four years, our efforts have been supported by a federal grant. In September 2019, those funds run out. While we may be fortunate enough to secure future funding for our efforts, there are no guarantees that the money will be there, even though the suicide rate in the United States continues to rise. The HESPC needs to become self-sufficient. We have multiple programs and efforts already in place and so many more opportunities in front of us, with the right support.
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