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CMF Members Establish Initiative to Support Suicide Prevention Programming

Four CMF members have partnered to provide $650,000 in funding to be allocated to nine Michigan organizations.

Content excerpted and adapted from a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation press release.

Four CMF members have partnered to provide $650,000 in funding to be allocated to nine Michigan organizations committed to suicide prevention programming in their communities.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan joined forces with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Children’s Foundation and the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation to establish the Suicide Prevention Support for Health Care Clinics Working with Michigan’s Health-Disparate Populations initiative.

“The Children’s Foundation is proud to be part of this important group that is working collectively to prevent suicide and save lives in the state of Michigan,” Lawrence J. Burns, president and CEO of The Children’s Foundation said.

The program offers grants to develop evidence-based and sustainable programming that will decrease the rate of suicide attempts and deaths by identifying children or adults who may be at risk and by addressing their needs for appropriate medical, social and behavioral services.

Over 7,000 Michiganders died due to suicide from 2014 to 2018.

“The Health Fund is excited to support a range of organizations providing direct care for Michiganders who are at an increased risk of death by suicide,” Dana Chesla-Hughes, program manager at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund said. “The diverse set of projects in this initiative reflect the diverse set of problems our state faces in the fight against suicide and we are pleased to be supporting the unique solutions our communities will find.”

Organizations that focused on populations experiencing health disparities due to income, age, gender identity and ethnic and racial characteristics were encouraged to apply for grant funding.

“Suicide is a complex problem that requires innovative, evidence-based solutions,” Lynda Rossi, executive vice president of government, strategy and public affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan said. “The organizations receiving funding are well-positioned to take on this important work in their respective communities. We’re confident these efforts will help save lives throughout the state of Michigan and will create sustainable changes to support improved behavioral health care for some of our most vulnerable populations.”

“The Flinn Foundation has always supported the advancement of evidence-based solutions to prevention and treatment,” Andrea Cole, executive director and CEO of the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation, said. “With suicide rates increasing, it is even more critical that we address the disparities in effective programs and services available in some of our most underserved communities.”

Organizations receiving grant funding include:

  • Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Dearborn

  • Black Family Development, Inc., Detroit

  • Child and Family Charities, Lansing

  • Corktown, Detroit

  • Institute for Population Health, Detroit

  • Integrated Services of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo

  • Mid-Michigan Health Foundation, Gladwin, Clare, Ogemaw and Gratiot counties

  • Southwest Counseling Solutions, Detroit

  • Upper Great Lakes (UGL) Family Health Center, Calumet