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Community Health Network launches suicide prevention website for teens, parents, educators

For release on October 07, 2015

New resource offered thanks to grants received by Community Health Network Foundation

Indianapolis, IN—Community Health Network recently launched a new website, www.HaveHope.com, which provides resources for teenagers, parents and educators to learn the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide among youth in Indiana. The website is part of Community’s Zero Suicide initiative, which supports our aspirational goal to achieve a zero percent suicide incident rate for people in our care in the next ten years.

From what to say for teenagers worried about a friend to personal accounts from parents and educators who have intervened and prevented suicide, the Have Hope website offers tools to combat the ever-rising rate of death by suicide in our community.

In Indiana, one in five youth contemplate suicide, and the state has the nation’s second highest rate of high school students attempting suicide. Statewide, more than twice as many Hoosiers die by suicide than homicide.

“Suicide is a leading cause of death among children and teens in Indiana, and it is imperative that our community have resources like the Have Hope website to combat the issue,” said Suzanne Clifford, Senior Vice President of Integrated Primary Care at Community. “This tool will play a powerful role in starting much-needed conversations about suicide prevention in homes and schools across Indiana. Whether a friend, parent or teacher, you can help make a difference in preventing suicide and the heartbreak that comes with it.”

Community’s new online resource is made possible by a grant Community Health Network Foundation received late in 2014 from The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, and in part from a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Community Health Network is Indiana’s most comprehensive provider of youth behavioral health services, and last year announced its commitment to becoming one of the first health care systems in the United States to fully implement the Zero Suicide model, developed by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and other partners. At the same time, the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction and Community Health Network have partnered to spearhead the state’s suicide prevention movement to save young lives.

If you are concerned someone you know is contemplating suicide, call Community Health Network’s crisis hotline at 800-662-3445 or text “IN” to 741741.

About Community Health Network Foundation
Community Health Network Foundation is the not-for-profit philanthropic organization of Community Health Network, Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them. Donations support patients, caregivers and Central Indiana communities. For more information, visit eCommunity.com/foundation or call (317) 355-GIVE.

Ryan Chelli, Media Relations
Ryan Chelli