U of Nebraska-Lincoln using grant for anti-suicide efforts

February 3, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is using a $300,000 federal grant to strengthen campus mental health services and suicide prevention programming.

University officials say the Big Red Resilience and Well-being program will lead the effort, providing specialized training sessions this spring. The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center will develop and implement an evaluation plan for the overall initiative.

Nebraska is one of 19 schools nationwide to receive a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant is named in honor of Garrett Lee Smith, an Oregon student who killed himself in 2003.

Officials say suicide is the second-leading cause of death in college students nationwide.

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