UW to address suicide prevention

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LARAMIE, Wyo - The University of Wyoming is among 19 colleges and universities in the nation that have been awarded grant money to address suicide prevention on campus.

UW's Lifesavers Initiative suicide prevention program received nearly $306,000 in grant money over a three-year period. The grant was awarded through the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Lifesavers Initiative project director Lena Newlin says the grant will be mainly used to help prevent suicide and suicide attempts among UW students with mental health and substance use disorders.

Newlin says continued suicide prevention education is needed because Wyoming ranks third nationally for individuals dying by suicide based on per capita.

She says the program expects to serve about 10,500 UW students, staff and faculty over the next three years.