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Community Health Network’s youth suicide prevention initiative wins additional grant support to save young lives

For release on November 25, 2014
A grant from The Glick Fund will leverage technology and partnerships to accelerate Community’s Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth Initiative

Indianapolis, IN--- Community Health Network Foundation has received a $99,340 grant from The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, to implement suicide prevention strategies in 20 elementary, middle and high schools located on Indianapolis’ eastside. The grant supports a specific component of Community Health Network’s Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth Initiative, a comprehensive early intervention and suicide prevention program that will train healthcare and youth-serving organizations to identify and refer at-risk youth.

Over the next year, the grant will allow Community’s Behavioral Health physicians and leaders to build new web-based suicide prevention tools, along with video and mobile content, all connected to crisis services available 24-hours every day. The funding also allows Community to provide suicide prevention training to faculty and personnel at each of the schools, pilot new training approaches advised by the schools’ students and intensify outreach to teens and parents.

Community will partner with 20 eastside Indianapolis Public Schools and charter schools to reach an estimated 10,000 students. These locations were selected after health and wellness research concluded many students attending the schools were at risk of attempting suicide or being diagnosed with a mental illness.

This important grant follows news released in October 2014 that Community Health Network Foundation had received a $3,679,744 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to launch the Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth Initiative. Combined, both grants allow Community to explore ways to respond to a critical Indiana healthcare issueandprevent suicide attempts and deaths among Indiana’s youth ages 10 to 24.

Community Health Network is Indiana’s most comprehensive provider of youth behavioral health services, and earlier this year announced its commitment to becoming the first health care system in the United States to fully implement the Zero Suicides 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 designated Community Health Network as the lead entity to spearhead the state’s movement to save young lives.

According to Suzanne Clifford, Community’s executive vice president of behavioral health, a 2011 survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the percentage of Indiana students attempting suicide was the second highest among 43 states surveyed.

“Suicide is a leading cause of death for Indiana’s children and young adults and we need to provide the training and resources needed to save the lives of our city’s children,” Clifford said. “Zero suicides is a bold goal, but when it comes to our youth, no other goal is acceptable. With this funding, we will provide early intervention, prevention and treatment that will save young lives on Indianapolis’ eastside.”

If you are concerned someone you know is contemplating suicide, Clifford encourages you to call Community Health Network’s crisis hotline at 800-662-3445.

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.org or call (317) 355-GIVE.

About The Glick Fund
The Glick Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. It was established by Eugene and Marilyn Glick in 1998 to support a variety of causes. Grants are awarded by invitation only, with no unsolicited grant applications accepted.  

The Glick Fund also strives to align with CICF’s three broader community leadership initiatives of: Family Success & Making Connections; Inspiring Places; and College Readiness & Success – initiatives aimed at making central Indiana one of the best places in the nation to live, work and raise a family.

To date, The Glick Fund has awarded over $55 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations. Recent grant recipients include the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the Glick Center for Glass at Ball State University, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, Providence Cristo Rey High School and United Way of Central Indiana, among many other organizations. For more information, please visit cicf.org.

About Central Indiana Community Foundation
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $700 million public foundation transforming the lives of central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to seize opportunities and address community needs. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between the Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991. For more information about CICF, visit cicf.org, or contact Mike Knight at mikek@cicf.org.

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Ryan Chelli, Media Relations
Ryan Chelli