EDC will build on its Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) work through a new strategic partnership led by The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). With a grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, OUHSC, EDC, and other leading mental health organizations will operate SPRC over the next five years, starting in September 2020.
The new SPRC will have an expanded focus on health equity, ensuring that groups impacted by structural and racial inequities benefit from its innovative suicide prevention work. The partnership will also continue to focus on reaching high-risk groups and building suicide prevention capacity nationwide. As part of this work, EDC will continue several key initiatives:
- Building capacity of health care clinicians and systems in suicide care, including advancing the Zero Suicide model
- Facilitating the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the nation’s public-private partnership to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
- Strengthening suicide prevention in states, tribal nations, schools, and community systems
EDC led SPRC for 18 years, developing impactful resources and trainings that reached millions of people and built the capacity of communities and prevention professionals nationwide. In the new partnership, EDC will work with OUHSC, the American Psychiatric Association, Columbia University, Vibrant Emotional Health, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, and Social Science Research and Evaluation, Inc., to expand SPRC’s scope and reach.
“EDC is excited to join with OUHSC and an outstanding group of partners to advance SPRC’s vital mission,” said EDC Vice President Chelsey Goddard. “Together, we can reduce the risk of suicide nationwide.”