DMHAS: CYSPI Statewide Awareness Campaign

DMHAS Prevention and Health Promotion Unit
CYSPI Statewide Awareness Campaign

Partners:  CT Department of Children and Families/CT Youth Suicide Advisory Board and Wheeler Clinic/CT Clearinghouse

Description: The CYSPI youth suicide prevention education and awareness campaign will build the capacity of CT communities to promote the mental health and wellness of youth through the use of a youth driven, positive community youth development approach that embraces youths’ desire to create change in their surrounding environments by developing partnerships between youth-related organizations/schools and community development agencies to create new opportunities for youth to serve their communities while developing their personal abilities.

The campaign seeks to increase the capacity of youth to manage their own mental health and wellness through the education of stress management strategies, warning signs that it is time to seek additional assistance from a trusted adult, and where to go for help within their community or school.

The campaign will incorporate findings from the latest available research on how to implement safe/effective suicide prevention awareness campaigns and generate resources to support youth suicide prevention issues.


Submission and Award Dates:

Letter of intent submission deadline             April 4, 2008, 4:00 PM

Question submission deadline                      April 4, 2008, 4:00 PM

Proposal submission deadline                       May 9, 2008, 4:00 PM

Awards announced                                    May 26, 2008

The Statewide Youth Suicide Prevention and Education Awareness Campaign Mini-Grant RFP
The Statewide Youth Suicide Prevention and Education Awareness Campaign Mini-Grant Request for Applications was developed by the DMHAS-led Connecticut Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (CYSPI) and the DCF-led Youth Suicide Advisory Board in collaboration with Connecticut Clearinghouse.  It is one of the key elements of the CYSPI, and was released in conjunction with Suicide Prevention Awareness Week on September 9-15, 2007.

Seven mini-grants were awarded to organizations throughout the state. The grants will fund youth and young adult-driven, grassroots education and awareness campaigns to raise awareness of mental health issues and provide information on where to find help. Each organization received $2,000 to design and implement community-based suicide prevention campaigns for youth and young adults in their area. 

The awardees are:  

  • Amity High School in Woodbridge;
  • Community Prevention and Addiction Services in Willimantic;
  • CT College in New London;
  • Frank Ward Strong Middle School in Durham;
  • Community Health Resources/Greater Enfield Alliance for Kids and Families in Enfield;
  • Integrated Wellness Group Inc. in New Haven; and
  • Nu Epsilon Omega Sorority of Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport.  
For additional information, please see the Connecticut Clearinghouse website at

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