Prevent Suicide WV, a collaborative program resulting from the consolidation of the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide (WVCPS) program component and the Adolescent Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (ASPEN) project is the statewide suicide prevention program for West Virginia, working to ensure that we don’t continue to lose our fellow West Virginians to suicide. Funded through the Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities and the Bureau for Public Health, the program provides a wide array of services to a lifespan population. Specifically, Prevent Suicide WV provides:
1) for an increased capacity of suicide prevention education through awareness and gatekeeper trainings; 2) incorporates comprehensive evidence-based protective measures that expand universal suicide prevention and messages of hope and help for the populations across the lifespan; 3) improves identification, referral and engagement interventions for at-risk individuals; 4) provides for technical assistance and consultation services for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention measures across systems and agencies; and 5) builds the capacity of organizations serving vulnerable sub-populations to effectively deliver coordinated care. Finally, the program works towards producing a statewide infrastructure for culturally competent, caring, comprehensive, sustainable suicide prevention, intervention, and follow-up system of care.