Community Health gets $3.6 million to help stop teen suicides

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INDIANAPOLIS - Community Health Network is making big plans to tackle the youth suicide problem in Indiana with the help of a multimillion dollar federal grant.

The health network just announced it received a $3,679,744 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

More Hoosiers die from suicide than homicide and the state is second in the county for suicide attempts among students.

The announcement comes as Brebeuf, Cathedral, and Clinton Central mourn the loss of a student who took their own life.


"This is a major public health issue and a tragedy for so many parents and all of us need to work together to address it," said Suzanne Clifford, Executive Vice President of Behavioral Health at Community Health Network.

Through Community's 'The Power of Zero' Foundation, the grant money will be spent on education, youth summits, and a statewide crisis intervention network that includes training.

"We want to do some preventative work and really reach out to pediatricians and family doctors and schools and foster care and other places and do some prevention work and some brain health education," explained Clifford.

It's a bold plan but Clifford believes it's time Hoosiers ought to be bold about stopping suicides.

"I don't wanna go to any more funerals. I really want to engage this state. I believe this is what I was supposed to do with my life... and if I can stop one parent from having to plan the funeral of their child then this is all worth it.'