Suicide Prevention Support for Healthcare Clinics Working with Michigan's Health-Disparate Populations

Suicide is a large and growing public health concern in the U.S. and in Michigan, affecting all age groups and some population groups more than others. Suicide is often associated with mental health disorders, but research from the CDC shows that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. There's no one cause of suicide. It's a complex issue that is often the result of feelings of hopelessness and despair.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Children's Foundation and the Ethel & James Flinn Foundation are partnering on a new initiative called Preventing Suicide in Michigan's Health-Disparate Populations. Through this program we'll assist healthcare clinicians and behavioral health specialists to implement sustainable, evidence-based practices that address the growing epidemic of suicide in Michigan.

The initiative will support projects in up to 12 organizations in Michigan over 18 months to identify and implement actions to prevent suicide attempts and reduce suicide deaths. Grants will range from $50,000 to a maximum of $75,000 and will be used to support elements of a comprehensive evidence-based suicide prevention protocol. Further program details and eligibility criteria can be found in the RFP linked below.

Email applications in a single PDF to innovations@bcbsm.com by Sept. 15, 2020. Put the name of your organization in the subject line of the email. We'll acknowledge receipt of applications by email within 72 hours. We can't accept paper copies.