National Suicide Prevention Month timeline
U.S. creates long-term prevention plan
It’s called The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. — and concludes that the goal of saving lives can only be achieved through a series of coordinated steps.
A youth suicide prevention grant program is passed
The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act creates the first grant program that specifically aids in suicide prevention.
Crisis centers are established nationally
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) creates the country’s first program aimed at serving all persons at risk of suicide in the US via local, certified crisis centers.
A suicide prevention task force is created
The National Institute of Mental Health assembles a task force in Phoenix to discuss the status of suicide prevention in the country.
A suicide prevention center opens
Thanks to funding from the U.S. Public Health Service, the first suicide prevention center opens in Southern California.