Addressing Youth Suicide
YouthLine, a service of Lines for Life, is offering school and district-level Mini-Grants of up to $2,000.
These grants are available to support program and administrative costs that address youth suicide in schools. Grant requests can include prevention programming, policy planning and implementation, and the promotion of mental wellness in Oregon schools/districts. Funds should be used to close gaps that exist within a school/district that help keep students safe and mentally well. Be creative!
Possible uses of grant funds include:
- substitute/staff pay (to attend training)
- developing physical spaces where students can decompress/regulate
- community/schoolwide campaigns promoting mental health
- other tools that students can utilize to support their mental health (app subscriptions, CBT/DBT toolkits, etc.)
- classroom curriculum
- staff training and continuing education
- partnering projects with local youth-serving organizations
Equity among school suicide prevention programming is a critical component of wellness for all students. Legislation known as Adi’s Act intentionally calls attention to the disparities in risk for suicide amongst populations who are underserved and/or experience systemic oppression: youth who are grieving a death by suicide; youth with disabilities, mental health diagnoses, or substance use disorders; youth experiencing houselessness or out-of-home settings like foster care; and LGBTQ2SIA+ youth. This experience is not limited to those named in Adi’s Act, and Lines for Life is committed to supporting these students by seeking to reduce factors that give way to these disparities. This is a complex and nuanced issue of which YouthLine is committed to supporting in Oregon schools/districts. Grants that include addressing these barriers are strongly encouraged.
Individual schools (e.g., private, charter, alternative) can apply for these grants and larger school districts may be considered for more than one mini-grant. Schools/districts are encouraged to reach out to their corresponding regional coordinator to develop strategic and equitable uses for the funds.