As we head into September, we're celebrating National Suicide Prevention Month with one of our partner resources...
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to make substance use and mental disorder information, services, and research more accessible, SAMHSA is the lead Federal agency for public health efforts to advance behavioral health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery for individuals and their families. Specifically, SAMHSA:
Provides grant funding opportunities and guidance to states and territories, as well as tribal and local communities;
Provides technical assistance to grantees and practitioners;
Publishes and share resources for individuals and family members seeking information on prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery;
Collects, analyzes and shares behavioral health data;
Collaborates with other Federal agencies to evaluate programs and improve policies; and
Raises awareness of available resources through educational messaging campaigns and events.
SAMHSA's 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
Other Helpful Resources:
SAMHSA's Crisis Line
On July 16, 2022, the U.S. transitioned the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to 988 – an easy-to-remember three-digit number for 24/7 crisis care.
Download the PDF